Swiss striker Embolo shines in Euro 2024 opener

Swiss striker Embolo shines in Euro 2024 opener

Fans have joked about Breel Embolo’s involvement after the Switzerland forward came off the bench to score in a 3-1 win over Hungary at Euro 2024.

In a game where their talisman Dominik Szoboszlai became the youngest captain in Euros history, Hungary struggled from the outset and Kwadwo Duah gave Switzerland the lead after just 12 minutes.

Switzerland continued to press forward throughout the opening 45 minutes and Michel Aebischer doubled their lead on the brink of half-time by netting a curling strike from outside the box.

However, the momentum swung dramatically in Hungary’s favour after the restart, and they appeared within touching distance of securing a point after Barnabas Varga’s equaliser.

With 15 minutes remaining, Murat Yakin brought Embolo on for Ruben Vargas and was rewarded for his faith in the 27-year-old.

Breel Embolo came off the bench to seal victory for Switzerland in their Euro 2024 opener against Hungary

The 27-year-old hadn't played since

The 27-year-old hadn’t played since 

As the game entered stoppage time, goalkeeper Yann Sommer punted a hopeful ball downfield which was promptly latched upon by Embolo who lifted his strike into the Hungarian goal to send the Swiss fans into pandamonium.

Following the strike, fans took to social media to joke about Embolo’s predilection for stepping up for his country at major tournaments.

One wrote: ‘Nobody can tell me what club Embolo plays for right now or his stats. He just spawns during international tournaments for Switzerland.’

A second added: ‘I’m convinced Embolo only plays in international tournaments then dips for 2 years’

A further fan added: ‘Embolo goal this is HERITAGE’

A fourth wrote: ‘Guys don’t know how big a “what could have been” player Embolo is remember his first injury at Schalke every time I see him.’

The goal was particularly impactful for Embolo, as it marked his return to international football nearly ten months after an injury to his cruciate ligament threatened to put his career in jeopardy.

Poignantly, as he controlled the ball ready to fire his 14th international goal, Embolo shed the protective harness he had been wearing since his introduction, before deftly finishing without missing a beat. 

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