Wales snatched a 1-1 draw against wasteful Switzerland in their European Championship Group A match at the Baku Olympic Stadium on Saturday, with striker Kieffer Moore heading in an equaliser from one of the country’s rare chances.
Moore, who had a first-half chance blocked by Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer guided a Joe Morrell cross into the net on 74 minutes as he ghosted into space left by the Swiss defence. After outmuscling defender Connor Roberts from a corner shortly after halftime, Breel Embolo terrorised the Welsh defence and put Switzerland ahead. Mario Gavranovic’s late goal was also rightfully called offside.
The Swiss may be regretting themselves for not putting the game out of reach sooner, having squandered numerous good opportunities through Haris Seferovic and Embolo in the first half and after the interval, respectively. Before Seferovic’s curled shot soared just over the bar in the 27th minute, defender Fabian Schaer had tried a sneaky flick to beat keeper Danny Ward. Before halftime as the Swiss notched 11 attempts where Wales only manage to take two attempts in the first half.
The game looked more intense in the second half as both the teams were creating chances and both teams scored one goal each. At the end of the 90 minutes, Switzerland will look back with a bit of disappointment to have dropped two points. Wales will look to work on their mistakes before the next match.
Italy leads the group after a 3-0 win over Turkey in the tournament opener on Friday and will face Switzerland in their second encounter on Wednesday in Rome. Wales will spend the night in Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital, before facing Turkey on the following day.