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Swiss advance despite loss to Cameroon

Debutants Cameroon came from behind to beat Switzerland 2-1 and advance to the last 16 of the Women's World Cup football competition in Canada on Tuesday.

Swiss advance despite loss to Cameroon
Photo: Geoff Robins/AFP

But thanks to favourable arithmetic, the Swiss will also advance to the final 16 despite the embarrassing outcome of the game against Cameroon, played on artificial turf in Edmonton, Alberta. 

Switzerland had taken the lead when Ana Maria Crnogorcevic scored after 24 minutes but goals from Gabrielle Onguene two minutes after the break, and Madeleine Ngono Mani on 62 minutes sealed all three points.

It is only the second time that an African side have made it out of the group stage after Nigeria in 1999.
   
Cameroon, ranked 53, finish second in Group C with six points behind champions Japan, who beat Ecuador 1-0 on Tuesday, and have a maximum nine points from three games.
   
As second-placed finishers in Group C Cameroon next play Group A runners-up China in Edmonton on Saturday.
   
With three points, Switzerland, ranked 19, qualified for the knockout round as one of the four best third-place finishers across the six groups.

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‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame

A Swiss super fan who has shot to fame after images of him watching Switzerland’s win over France went viral told the media he was unaware of his viral fame - but that he was overwhelmed with the world’s attention.

‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame
Image: Twitter.

Like most Swiss football fans, Luca Loutenbach’s Monday evening – highlighted by a surprise upset win over the current World Champions and tournament favourite France – went about as well as you could have expected. 

But while his side were putting on the pressure through late goals to push the game into extra time, Loutenbach’s image was being shared across the world. 

Two pictures of Loutenbach, juxtaposed from before and after Switzerland scored an equaliser in the 90th minute to send the game to extra time, were widely shared. 

The images were even shared by Sadiq Kahn, the mayor of London, who congratulated Switzerland and said the images summed up the beauty of football. 

On Tuesday, Loutenbach spoke with Swiss tabloid Blick to tell the story. He said he had no idea about the images as his phone had no reception in Romania – and only found out after the game. 

“I didn’t have a network during the game. But some fans around me were connected to the internet and quickly realized what was happening. What an incredible buzz!” said the man from the canton of Jura. 

While Switzerland have made it further than they have in their history in the tournament, Loutenbach is far from a bandwagon fan. He told Blick he’s seen around 50 national team games before. 

“It’s the most beautiful day in the history of Swiss football, let’s not be afraid of saying it. It is the accomplishment of the immense work of the ASF (Federation), of (coach) Petkovic and of the whole team” he said. 

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