In the goalscoring celebration of Breel Embolo came a pause. It was the 25-year-old’s first goal at a World Cup, a seminal moment in any footballer’s life, but in the rush of euphoria that filled the Swiss centre forward, as he span to run and take the acclaim of team-mates and those Switzerland fans dotted around the Al Janoub Stadium, came a jolt.

Embolo was born in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon. When he was five, he moved with his mother to France and then Switzerland. Embolo got his Swiss citizenship eight years ago. When his goal decided an often drab, opening Group G clash, three minutes into the second half, he turned, stopped and raised both arms in a gesture that urged calm from



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