1 - 1
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Kieffer Moore 73' -
Scored: 73'


Scored: 49'
- Breel Embolo 49'


Euro 2020 Report: Wales 1 - 1 Switzerland

Sat, Jun 12 2021

Wales starting XI prior to kick off in Baku Credit: Matthew Lewis - UEFA/Getty Images

A goal a-piece left both sides with a point each as Wales and Switzerland opened up their Euro 2021 campaigns with a hard-fought draw in Baku.

Switzerland led early in the second half thanks to Breel Embolo, but Kieffer Moore netted late to salvage a point for Robert Page’s side.

The result leaves Group A wide open as any side could yet qualify, though Italy’s opening-day win over Turkey leaves them in pole position.

The Swiss controlled much of the game and forced their Welsh counterparts back for long periods. A late header ensured a positive result for both sides though.  

Fans had been advised not to travel, but enough Welsh supporters found their way into the stadium in Baku to make their presence felt.

They would have been warmed by their side’s bright start as well, as Daniel James was able to beat his man to put in a cross that was claimed by Yann Sommer.

Gareth Bale was starting to pull the strings on the other flank as he freed Conor Roberts for an effort on goal.

James was again at the heart of matters as Wales had their best chance of the opening period when he was found on the left.

The Manchester United forward’s pin-point cross was headed powerfully towards goal by Moore. Sommer was just about able to tip it over.  

Moore was in the wars as he clashed heads on a corner. It was the Swiss who were beginning to dominate affairs now, though.

Xherdan Shaqiri whipped in a corner that Fabian Schar flicked goalwards, but Danny Ward was able to react in time.

Newcastle United defender Schar was guilty of a professional foul when body checking James on a breakaway shortly after.

Embolo was causing issues for the Welsh, one of which almost led to a goal just before the half time whistle.

The Borussia Moenchengladbach striker held up the ball, despite being held, and laid it into the path of Haris Seferovic, but he blazed his shot over.  

Wales did not heed their warning though and, after another excellent save by Ward from Embolo, the forward was left free to power home the resulting corner.

Embolo saw another chance tipped away by Ward before setting up Kevin Mbabu, who screwed it wide.

Switzerland aimed to close things up a substitution in midfield by bringing on Denis Zakaria. It did not work as a cleverly played corner routine led to the equaliser.

The corner was played short to Joe Morrell and crossed for Moore to ghost past the sub Zakaria and score.

Wales took the initiative and David Brooks crossed for a chance that Aaron Ramsey just failed to connect with.

There was a big let-off for the Welsh then as Mario Gavronovic met a flick on by Embolo to slot home and Switzerland looked to have re-taken the lead.

It was ruled out on a VAR decision as offside, but it proved the threat the Swiss still had, and Wales were hanging on at the end.

They just about managed this to the delight of their fans. They come up against Turkey next on Wednesday in Baku while Switzerland face Italy in Rome on the same night.

Wales: Danny Ward; Ben Davies, Chris Mepham, Connor Roberts, Joe Rodon; Joe Allen, Joe Morrell, Aaron Ramsey (Ethan Ampadu 90); Daniel James (David Brooks 74), Gareth Bale (c), Kieffer Moore.

Subs not used: Tom Lockyer, Dylan Levitt, Wayne Hennessey, Chris Gunter, Adam Davies, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Tyler Roberts, Jonathan Williams, Neco Williams, Harry Wilson.

Booked: Kieffer Moore (47).

Switzerland: Yann Sommer; Kevin Mbabu, Nico Elvedi, Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodriguez, Fabian Schar; Remo Freuler, Xherdan Shaqiri (Denis Zakaria 65), Granit Xhaka (c); Breel Embolo, Haris Seferovic (Mario Gavranovic 83).

Subs not used: Yvon Mvogo, Admir Mehmedi, Christian Fassnacht, Eray Comert, Loris Benito, Jonas Omlin, Djibril Sow, Ruben Vargas, Silvan Widmer, Steven Zuber.

Booked: Fabian Schar (29) Kevin Mbabu (62).

Referee: Clement Turpin (France).

Attendance: 8,782 (official).

Extratime.ie Player of the Match: Breel Embolo (Switzerland).


Wales
WNov. 18, 2020
Wales 3 - 1 Finland
DJune 12, 2021
Wales 1 - 1 Swiss
WJune 16, 2021
Turkey 0 - 2 Wales
LJune 20, 2021
Italy 1 - 0 Wales
LJune 26, 2021
Wales 0 - 4 Denmark
Danny Ward 12
Goalkeeper
Ben Davies 4
Defender
Chris Mepham 22
Defender
Connor Roberts 14
Defender
Joe Rodon 6
Defender
Joe Allen 7
Midfielder
Joe Morrell 16
Midfielder
Aaron Ramsey 10
90'
90Subbed Off: Ethan Ampadu 90'
Midfielder
Daniel James 20
74'
74Subbed Off: David Brooks 74'
Forward
© Gareth Bale 11
Forward
Kieffer Moore 13
Booked: 47'
Scored: 73'
Forward

Substitutes
Tom Lockyer 5
Defender
Dylan Levitt 23
Forward
Wayne Hennessey 1
Goalkeeper
Chris Gunter 2
Defender
Adam Davies 21
Goalkeeper
David Brooks 19
74'
74Subbed On: Daniel James 74'
Midfield
Ethan Ampadu 15
90'
90Subbed On: Aaron Ramsey 90'
Defender
Rhys Norrington-Davies 17
Defender
Tyler Roberts 9
Forward
Jonathan Williams 18
Midfield
Neco Williams 3
Defender
Harry Wilson 8
Forward
Switzerland
DJune 12, 2021
Wales 1 - 1 Swiss
LJune 16, 2021
Italy 3 - 0 Swiss
WJune 20, 2021
Swiss 3 - 1 Turkey
DJune 28, 2021
France 3 - 3 Swiss
DJuly 2, 2021
Swiss 1 - 1 Spain
1 Yann Sommer
Goalkeeper
2 Kevin Mbabu
Defender
Booked: 62'
4 Nico Elvedi
Defender
5 Manuel Akanji
Defender
13 Ricardo Rodriguez
Defender
22 Fabian Schar
Defender
Booked: 29'
8 Remo Freuler
Midfielder
23 Xherdan Shaqiri
Midfielder 65'
65Subbed Off: Denis Zakaria 65'
10 Granit Xhaka ©
Midfielder
7 Breel Embolo
Forward
Scored: 49'
9 Haris Seferovic
Forward 83'
83Subbed Off: Mario Gavranovic 83'

Substitutes
12 Yvon Mvogo
Goalkeeper
18 Admir Mehmedi
Forward
19 Mario Gavranovic
Forward 83'
83Subbed On: Haris Seferovic 83'
16 Christian Fassnacht
Forward
25 Eray Comert
Defender
17 Loris Benito
Defender
21 Jonas Omlin
Goalkeeper
15 Djibril Sow
Midfield
11 Ruben Vargas
Midfield
3 Silvan Widmer
Defender
6 Denis Zakaria
Midfield 65'
65Subbed On: Xherdan Shaqiri 65'
14 Steven Zuber
Midfield

MATCH INFO

Competition: Euro 2020 Group A

Date: 2 p.m. June 12, 2021

Venue: Baki Olimpiya Stadionu, Baku

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown

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