FIFA World Cup 2022 outcomes: Switzerland beat Cameroon
Embolo, born in Yaounde however raised in Basel, struck three minutes after the restart from a Xherdan Shaqiri cutback to place them high of the part.
The 25-year-old refused to have fun the aim because the small group of Swiss followers cheered wildly at Al Janoub Stadium.
Serbia play Brazil within the different group match early on Friday (AEDT).
The Swiss aim got here after Cameroon, and not using a win within the World Cup for 20 years, had dominated the primary half, lacking a number of good probabilities to take the lead.
The Indomitable Lions, who eradicated Algeria in a playoff to qualify for the event, had outplayed the Swiss within the first 45 minutes with fast combos, velocity and energy as their opponents remained toothless up entrance.
They carved out their first likelihood after 10 minutes with Bryan Mbeumo testing goalkeeper Yann Sommer earlier than Karl Toko Ekambi despatched his rebound over the bar.
The Swiss had been in hassle once more a bit later with in-form ahead Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting snatching the ball from an opponent to cost into the field, just for Sommer to dam his effort.