News Matches
World Cup

Cameroon Player Ratings: Choupo-Moting disappoints as Indomitable Lions suffer Switzerland blow

15:09 SAST 2022/11/24
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting Cameroon.
The African nation's quest to gather enough points and progress to the knockout stage suffered an early setback

Cameroon started their World Cup campaign with a loss after Switzerland registered a 1-0 win in their Group G match.

The Indomitable Lions preferred to sit back and threaten on the counter during the early stages of the game. The African side were unlucky not to get at least a goal before the half-time break considering the opportunities given to them.

However, the Indomitable Lions conceded in the third minute of the second half when Cameroon-born Breel Embolo – who has scored in each of his last three competitive appearances for Switzerland - struck.

Embolo – after patience and brilliant teamwork - beat Cameroon’s defenders to put his side in front.

  • Andre Onana Cameroon.

    Andre Onana 6.5/10

    He was not tested often in the first half, but conceded in the 48th minute when Switzerland successfully pressed before Cameroon settled into the game after the half-time break.

    Made a smart save from Ruben Vargas' effort on 65 minutes, and as the Swiss pressed forward again, he was calm and dealt with Granit Xhaka’s strike from 30 yards away in the 90th minute.

    From the back, he kept pushing his teammates to attack, but in the end, his shouts bore no fruit.

    He is now yet to keep a clean sheet in four games after conceding against Uzbekistan, South Korea, and Panama in the pre-World Cup friendlies.

  • Jean-Charles Castelletto Cameroon.

    Jean-Charles Castelletto 5/10

    He made a vital clearance in the fifth minute when he stopped Embolo, who had been sent through on goal.

    The 27-year-old again managed to stop the attacker in the 40th minute when the Switzerland striker broke the line into the box.

  • Nicolas N’Koulou Cameroon.

    Nicolas N’Koulou 6.5/10

    Together with Castelletto, he was solid as they managed to keep their opponents at bay in the first 45 minutes.

    After Granit Xhaka won the ball in midfield and surged forward in the 44th minute, N’Koulou’s intervention – although rushed - saved Cameroon from conceding.

  • Nouhou Tolo.

    Nouhou Tolo 5/10

    He was composed in the opening minutes as Switzerland launched their early attacks through the flanks.

    Tolo opened the game for Cameroon in the 10th minute with a precise pass to Bryan Mbeumo, but the forward smacked the ball at goalkeeper Yann Sommer even when he should have laid it on to an advancing Choupo-Moting.

  • Collins Fai Cameroon.

    Collins Fai 5/10

    Looked composed, particularly when he dealt with Ruben Vargas along the flank.

    He took a good decision in the 26th minute when he joined the attackers to press Switzerland into their own area. However, his attempted long-range shot was poor, and that was a wasted opportunity for the Africans.

    Despite shining at right back, he was yellow-carded for a late tackle on Nico Elvedi.

  • Martin Hongla Cameroon.

    Martin Hongla 5.5/10

    He was lively in the midfield as Cameroon grew into the game and the Swiss midfielders struggled to find a way past him.

    Hongla also joined his attacking teammates when the situation demanded so and came close to scoring at the half-hour mark but was denied by Silvan Widmer’s timely intervention.

  • Samuel Oum Gouet Cameroon.

    Samuel Oum Gouet 5/10

    Together with Hongla, they dominated the midfield in the first half. He remained quite solid even after Hongla was substituted, but his efforts from the middle of the park could not help alter the scoreline in favour of the former African champions.

  • Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa.

    Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa 3.5/10

    Although he is one of the key players for Cameroon, he failed to trouble the Swiss backline with his usual creativity.

    He was largely inconspicuous, even when the Indomitable Lions pressed forward.

  • Bryan Mbeumo Cameroon.

    Bryan Mbeumo 6/10

    Instead of going for goal, he should have released the ball to Choupo-Moting when the Indomitable Lions made their first noticeable attack in the 11th minute.

    Tolo – with a well-taken pass – spotted him in good space, but the Brentford forward decided to shoot at goal, and Sommer had no problem stopping it.

    He managed to beat two defenders in the 23rd minute before he found Karl Toko Ekambi on the right. Ekambi, however, did not find shooting space but won a corner for Cameroon.

    Despite the scoreline, he sparkled in the duel.

  • Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

    Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting 4.5/10

    Brilliantly dispossessed Manuel Akanji in the 14th minute, but Sommer read his move and stopped his final low drive.

    He had a big chance to equalize in the 58th minute, but Sommer blocked his effort once more. The Bayern Munich star beat Akanji and tried to shoot from a tight angle, but his shot was blocked for a corner.

    After he failed to find a way past Switzerland, he was substituted in the 73rd minute as Rigobert Song brought on Vincent Aboubakar.

  • Karl Toko Ekambi Cameroon.

    Karl Toko Ekambi 4/10

    As Cameroon preferred to attack mostly from Mbeumo’s flank, Toko Ekambi was quite isolated on the other side of the field.

    In the moments he was involved, he struggled to find a way past Widmer.

  • Vincent Aboubakar Cameroon.

    Vincent Aboubakar 5/10

    Despite his introduction, there was no urgency in Cameroon’s attacking department.

  • Georges-Kévin Nkoudou Cameroon.

    Georges-Kevin Nkoudou 5/10

    Came on for Toko Ekambi but the change did not have much impact on the game.

  • Gael Ondoua Cameroon.

    Gael Ondoua 4.5/10

    He was among the substitutes who came in but his introduction could not prevent the Europeans from claiming the three points.