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World Cup 2022: Switzerland v Cameroon Match Preview | Qatar World Cup 2022 News

Xhaka of Switzerland and Chuopo-Moting of Cameroon were not always fan favourites. Now his team is depending on him.

Who: Switzerland vs Cameroon, Group G

Where: Al Janab Stadium

When: Thursday, 24 November 2022 at 1:00 PM (10:00 GMT)

FIFA Ranking: Switzerland (15), Cameroon (43)

Redemption is the main theme in this opening match of Group G.

Switzerland captain Granit Xhaka has been one of the standout players in the Premier League this season for Arsenal. Keeping his position up the pitch this season, he has scored more goals this season (4) than in the last three. Once a lightning rod of criticism for Arsenal fans, the midfield enforcer’s name is now regularly chanted by fans.

Xhaka’s success in this advanced role should come as no surprise, as he has always operated for Switzerland. Over the years, his performances for Switzerland have always been better than those of his club. They played a key role in reaching the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 last year, where they famously beat France in the round of 16.

This time around, Swiss fans will be hoping that Xhaka can carry on his club form at the World Cup. Listen closely and you’ll hear the tables turning.

But if there is one player who could eclipse Xhaka’s redemption arc this season, it is probably Cameroon’s Eric Maxime Choupo-Moting.

The 33-year-old forward has often been the butt of derision among fans, who cannot understand how the player, who was relegated from the Premier League with Stoke City, has gone on to play for European giants Paris Saint-Germain and now Bayern. Munich.

Chuopo-Moting’s role at both of these clubs was often limited to late substitute appearances. But at Bayern this season, he stepped out of the shadows to fill the gap left by the departure of Robert Lewandowski during the summer.

He has scored 11 goals in all competitions, joint second with Sadio Mane for Bayern this season. In the Bundesliga this year, he is currently averaging more than a goal a game.

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Choupo-Moting has been a revelation for Bayern this year REUTERS/Andreas Gebert

Once a punchline, Chuopo-Moting is now a hero in this Bayern team. He will be expected to reprise the same role for Cameroon in the World Cup.

“It is true that Eric is in the best shape of his career,” said Cameroon defender Jean-Charles Castelletto in an interview with SNTV. “He will definitely be an important player for Cameroon. We all need him to inspire us to give our best.

Switzerland and Cameroon have also been on a similar trajectory over the past year.

For starters, both secured qualification for the World Cup in dramatic fashion. Switzerland held European champions Italy to a 1-1 draw in Rome last November, with Italian midfielder Jorginho missing a 90th-minute penalty. They defeated Bulgaria in their final group game and overcame Italy to qualify for the tournament.

Cameroon also needed a late extra-time winner in their final qualification game against Algeria, which saw the Indomitable Lions finish fifth and last for African teams at the World Cup.

They are both coming off strong showings in their most recent major tournaments. Switzerland reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 for the first time in their history last year and came very close to reaching the semi-finals after losing to Spain on penalties.

Cameroon reached the semi-finals of the African Cup of Nations earlier this year, where they were knocked out on penalties by Egypt.

Interestingly, both the sides have never played each other before. Now they will meet on the biggest stage.

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