Embolo looked almost apologetic, as his teammates ran towards him to congratulate.
Embolo swept home a Xherdan Shaqiri cross in the 48th minute to give the Swiss 1-0 victory after they struggled to break the deadlock in the first half.
The 25-year-old striker, who was born in Yaounde but raised in Basel, stood still after the goal while the Switzerland players celebrated around him.
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The goal was a first shot on target for the Swiss, who had battled to contain the African side in the opening 45 minutes.
The Swiss next play Brazil on Monday with Cameroon taking on Serbia.
(With inputs from Agency)