Switzerland forward Breel Embolo refused to celebrate his winning goal against Cameroon, having been born in the African country.
The striker’s 48th minute striker was enough to seal a 1-0 opening win for the Swiss, and enough to produce a profound moment for Embolo.
The Monaco forward couldn’t have had an easier chance in the Group G clash, and not only failed to celebrate, but looked rather emotional.
Born in Yaounde, the capital of Cameron, Embolo moved to France as a child, and then Switzerland, a country he has represented since his 2015 debut.
A regular goal threat in the Bundesliga and now at Monaco, the striker was left with a simple task of sweeping home in the second half.
A cross from former Liverpool man Xherdan Shaqiri landed right at his feet just outside of the six-yard box, making the first-time finish an easy but important one.
And it clearly meant a lot to the 25-year-old, who raised his hands before covering his mouth in shock.
Embolo’s teammates even appeared to leave him alone as he took in the moment, with Shaqiri instead leading the celebrations.
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It proved to be the match-winner for Switzerland and Embolo, with the major tournament regulars holding onto the three points.
Switzerland are in a competitive group that contains Brazil and Serbia, and could have made things even more comfortable for themselves.
The world’s No.15 ranked side had a number of opportunities to add to their tally but Cameron defended stoically, making Embolo’s 48th minute strike the all-important goal.