12 Jun Euro 2020: Wales draw 1-1 in tournament opener against Switzerland | UK News
Wales have drawn their opening match of the European Championships, coming from behind to finish 1-1 against Switzerland.
They fell behind in the 49th minute, with Breel Embolo getting a free header from a set piece to put the Swiss in the driving seat.
The breakthrough came just moments after Daniel Ward had denied Embolo with an acrobatic save.
But Kieffer Moore, bandaged after an earlier collision, levelled things up for Wales in the 74th minute – heading in after a short corner.
He also arguably had the best chance of the first half, with another header forcing a fine save from Yann Sommer.
There were nervous moments late on though, when substitute Mario Gavranovic scored with a volley in the 85th minute – but it was eventually ruled offside.
“It’s never good going a goal down but to get one back and see the game out is a big positive for us,” said Wales scorer Moore after the game.
“It’s tough out there, but it is what we expected, we’ve been here for a week now. Obviously this is a big occasion and I’ve loved every second of it.”
The game was played in Baku in Azerbaijan.
Matches are being held across the continent, with the final at Wembley on 11 July.
The Welsh government advised against travelling due to the pandemic but a few hundred supporters have made the 3,000-mile trip.
Azerbaijan is on the UK’s amber list, so fans will need to self isolate for 10 days on their return.
Wales’ next game is against Turkey on Wednesday.
England’s first game of the championships is against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday, while Scotland play the Czech Republic in Glasgow on Monday.
The tournament’s opening match saw Italy record a decisive 3-0 win over Turkey.
Euro 2020 was meant to be played last year but was postponed due to the pandemic.