Both know they will have their work cut out to match tournament heavyweights Brazil, who are expected to comfortably top the pool, but this game could be critical in deciding who has the best chance of following them through into the knockout stages.
With three Round of 16 finishes in their last four World Cups, Switzerland will fancy their chances of a repeat, or better, at Qatar 2022.But the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon have other ideas.
Switzerland (3-5-2, right to left): 1. Sommer (GK) — 5. Akanji, 4. Elvedi 13. Rodriguez — 3. Widmer, 17. Vargas, 10. Xhaka, 8. Freuler, 15. Sow — 23. Shaqiri, 7. EmboloCameroon (4-3-3, right to left): 23. Onana (GK) — 19. Fai, 21. Castelletto, 3. N’Koulou, 25. Tolo — 18. Hongla 14. Gouet, 8. Anguissa — 20. Mbeumo, 12. Ekambi 13. Choupo-Moting
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6th min: Opportunity for Cameroon to sling a free-kick into the box. Bryan Mbeumo swings it in but the Swiss clear with some comfort. A pretty cagey opening so far.
3rd min: Xherdan Shaqiri, playing in in fourth World Cup for Switzerland, has started on the right flank, but clearly has a licence to roam. The 31-year-old is the top scorer in the Swiss squad, with 26 international goals to his name.
1st min: And we’re off…
1 min from kickoff: The Swiss, quarterfinalists at Euro 2020, gather in a huddle for a few final words of inspiration.
5 mins from kickoff: The teams have made their entrance and it’s time for the anthems. Switzerland first. And now Cameroon…
10 mins from kickoff: Nice moment out on the pitch as Cameroon legend Roger Milla receives an award as the oldest player to have scored a goal at a World Cup – at the grand old age of 42 in 1994. Imagine that.
15 mins from kickoff: Imagine the tension in the dressing room now as the final messages are being delivered. Cameroon coach, Rigobert Song, the most capped player in his nation’s history, might be saying something along the lines of ‘Keep your discipline, don’t lose your heads’.
Song is the only player, along with a certain Zinedine Zidane, to have been sent off in two different World Cups – first as a 17-year-old against Brazil in 1998, then again against Chile four years later.
30 mins from kickoff: Cameroon famously made it to the quarterfinals in 1990 after stunning defending champions Argentina in the opening game. This will be their eighth World Cup – more than any other African nation – but their recent record at the tournament is poor.
The Indomitable Lions have won just one of their last 15 matches dating back to 1994, and begin this campaign hoping to avoid an eight-game losing streak at the finals stretching back to 2002, when they beat Saudi Arabia. Is this the day that miserable sequence ends?
45 mins from kickoff: And here is the Switzerland team. First-choice goalkeeper Yann Sommer is fit after an ankle injury and in-form Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka captains the side.
Striker Haris Seferovic, a key player in recent years, starts on the bench after struggling for form at club level this season, with former Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri joining Breel Embolo up front.
Aufstellung / Composition / Formazione
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1hr from kickoff: The Cameroon team is out. Bayern Munich striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting captains the side, and will be joined in attack by Lyon’s Karl Toko Ekambi and Brentford’s Bryan Mbeumo, a recent recruit for the Indomitable Lions.
COUPE DU MONDE FIFA QATAR 2022
Le XI entrant des #LionsIndomptables pour le match. #SUISSE 🇨🇭 🆚 🇨🇲 #CAMEROUN
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— Les Lions Indomptables Officiel (@LIndomptables) November 24, 2022
1 hr 15 mins from kickoff: This is one of seven matches – including one in the round of 16 – taking place at the Al Janoub Stadium, in Al Wahrah on the shores of the Persian Gulf. The stadium’s design was inspired by the sails of traditional Dhow boats, used by pearl divers from the region. The bowed beams which hold up the roof resemble a ship’s hull.
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— Warren Barton (@warrenbarton2) November 24, 2022
1 hr 30 mins from kickoff: This will be the first ever meeting between Switzerland and Cameroon, and only the second time the Swiss have faced African opposition at a World Cup. They beat Togo 2-0 back in 2006.
World Cup 2022, here we go! 💪
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📺 SRF 2, RTS 2, RSI La 2#natimiteuch #lanatiavecvous #lanaticonvoi pic.twitter.com/PMib3TESsq
— 🇨🇭 Nati (@nati_sfv_asf) November 24, 2022
2 hrs from kickoff: Just two hours to go!
Cameroon will be desperate to have an impact on this tournament after missing out in 2018. Who could make the difference for Song’s men?
Striker Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, 33, is one of the few Cameroonian players competing at the top level with their club. His six goals in 10 matches for Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich makes him an immediate eye-catcher in this side.
Bryan Mbeumo is also a fascinating inclusion. After coming through the youth ranks with the French team, a meeting with Samuel Eto’o led to him declaring his allegiance to Cameroon just three months before the World Cup.
Lions. 👊🏽🦁 pic.twitter.com/1VZNjhe7qh
— Bryan Mbeumo (@BMbeumo19) November 22, 2022
Mbeumo has brought a great deal of excitement to the Premier League since he was promoted with Brentford in 2021. Will Cameroon’s newly adopted attacker provide a spark in Qatar?
2.5 hrs from kickoff: As we draw closer to kickoff, let’s take a closer look at who could turn the tide in favour of Switzerland.
The Swiss national team is hard to picture without the dancing feet of Xherdan Shaqiri. His 109 caps and 26 goals make him their third most capped player. He has also scored four goals at World Cups. Three of them came in the same game.
Captain Granit Xhaka has been fundamental in the superb early-season form of Arsenal, and will be hoping to carry that onto the biggest stage in Qatar.
Also in stellar Premier League form is ball-playing centre-back, Fabian Schär. He will want to make the same impact at the World Cup as he has with Newcastle United.
🇨🇭 Switzerland have scored some scorchers at the #FIFAWorldCup 💥
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3 hrs from kickoff: Cameroon coach, Rigobert Song, is also the most capped player in Cameroon history. He featured in four World Cups as a player for Cameroon, in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010.
In 2010, Song lined up next to Nicolas Nkoulou, Vincent Aboubakar and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, all of whom feature in Cameroon’s 2022 World Cup squad under his stewardship.
Song only won one World Cup game with Cameroon, a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in 2002. Will he have more luck as head coach?
For the first time in history, all African countries qualified for the World Cup will be led by coaches from their country:
– Rigobert Song: Cameroon 🇨🇲
– Aliou Cisse: Senegal 🇸🇳
– Walid Regragui: Morocco 🇲🇦
– Otto Addo: Ghana 🇬🇭
– Jalel Kadri: Tunisia 🇹🇳
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— POOJA!!! (@PoojaMedia) November 16, 2022
3.5 hrs from kickoff: Interestingly, Group G at this World Cup is almost identical to Group E from the 2018 tournament, with Switzerland, Brazil and Serbia all in the same group in Russia. The only exception is Cameroon, who failed to qualify for that tournament.
In 2018, it was Brazil and Switzerland who qualified for the knockout stages. Can Cameroon announce their return to the World Cup by snatching a ticket to the round of 16?
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— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 24, 2022
4 hrs from kickoff: Switzerland and Cameroon have been in contrasting runs of form in recent tournaments.
Switzerland progressed to the knockout stages in both their most recent World Cup outings, falling to Argentina (2014) and Sweden (2016) in round of 16 clashes. In Euro 2020 they went one step further and famously knocked out France to reach the quarter-finals, where they lost on penalties to Spain.
Their 12th #FIFAWorldCup campaign 🇨🇭
Can Switzerland find a way back to the knockout stages at #Qatar2022?
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 13, 2022
Cameroon return to the World Cup stage after their absence in 2018. They begin this campaign hoping to avoid an eight-game losing streak at World Cup finals, tracing back to 2002.
However, they could be on an upward trajectory after finishing third in the African Cup of Nations which they hosted last year.
4.5 hrs from kickoff: Both Switzerland and Cameroon have got their work cut out for them in a very difficult Group G.
With the star-studded Brazil squad expected to claim top spot, they will need to hit the ground running in the battle for second place with Serbia.
Barring a shock result in one of Brazil’s matches, the fixtures between the other three teams in Group G will prove decisive in who goes through.
Get to know Group G here! #Qatar2022
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5 hrs from kickoff: Hello, and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of the Group G clash between Switzerland and Cameroon. Keeping up with all the World Cup action so far? The games are coming thick and fast, and this one has the potential to be an exciting clash of styles as the well-drilled Swiss go up against the intent and energy of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon. Stay tuned for all the updates!
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— Les Lions Indomptables Officiel (@LIndomptables) November 23, 2022
Switzerland vs Cameroon lineups, team news
Switzerland confirmed lineup (3-5-2, right to left): 1. Sommer (GK) — 5. Akanji, 4. Elvedi 13. Rodriguez — 3. Widmer, 17. Vargas, 10. Xhaka, 8. Freuler, 15. Sow — 23. Shaqiri, 7. Embolo
Switzerland’s first-choice goalkeeper Yann Sommer suffered an ankle injury in early October but played the full 90 minutes in the recent friendly defeat to Ghana and has been passed fit to start. Striker Haris Seferovic, who has proved key in recent years for his national side, has struggled for form at club level this season and has to settle for a place on the bench with Xherdan Shaqiri joining Breel Embolo up front.
Cameroon confirmed lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 23. Onana (GK) — 19. Fai, 21. Castelletto, 3. N’Koulou, 25. Tolo — 18. Hongla 14. Gouet, 8. Anguissa — 20. Mbeumo, 12. Ekambi 13. Choupo-Moting
Cameroon are one of few teams in Qatar without any notable injuries – and they’ll be hoping that luck continues throughout the tournament. Bayern Munich striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting captains the side, and will be joined in attack by Karl Toko Ekambi and Brentford’s Bryan Mbeumo, a recent recruit to the Indomitable Lions.
Switzerland vs. Cameroon live stream, TV channel
The match will start at 1 p.m. local time at the Al Janoub Stadium. Here’s how that translates to timezones around the world.
|USA||Thu, Nov. 24||05:00 ET||FS1, Telemundo||fuboTV, Fox Sports app, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, Peacock Premium|
|Australia||Thu, Nov. 24||21:00 AEDT||SBS||SBS On Demand|
|UK||Thu, Nov. 24||10:00 GMT||ITV, STV||ITVX, STV Player|
|Canada||Thu, Nov. 24||05:00 EST||TSN||TSN app|
|Hong Kong||Thu, Nov. 24||18:00 HKT||—||Now TV|
|India||Thu, Nov. 24||15:30 IST||Sports18||Voot, JioTV|
|Malaysia||Thu, Nov. 24||18:00 MYT||Astro||Astro Go|
|Singapore||Thu, Nov. 24||18:00 SGT||—||MeWatch, Singtel, StarHub|
|New Zealand||Thu, Nov. 24||23:00 NZDT||Sky Sports||Sky Go NZ|