Moore helps Wales earn draw against Switzerland at Euro 2020

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Kieffer Moore of Wales scores their side's first goal past Yann Sommer of Switzerland during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group A match between Wales and Switzerland at the Baku Olympic Stadium on June 12, 2021 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Wales fought back to draw with Switzerland in their opening game of Euro 2020, as Kieffer Moore marked his return to the starting line-up with what could prove to be a vital equaliser.

In only his third start in nine matches under interim manager Robert Page, the Cardiff City striker was close to giving Wales an early lead when his header was superbly tipped over by Yann Sommer.

Switzerland took control of the match from that point and, after squandering several chances, they eventually scored as the impressive Breel Embolo headed in from Xherdan Shaqiri's corner.

Wales were slow to improve from their sluggish start but, with 15 minutes left, Joe Morrell's delicately clipped cross found Moore, whose flicked header into the bottom corner sent the small but loud pocket of Wales fans in Baku wild.

Those supporters then thought their hearts had been broken 10 minutes later as Swiss substitute Mario Gravanovic scored just moments after coming on - but his goal was disallowed for offside after a VAR check.


Switzerland kept pressing for a winning goal deep into added time but they were denied by a series of brilliant saves from Danny Ward.

Such was the intensity of the late Swiss pressure, a draw will have felt like a great relief for Wales, whose next game is against Turkey in Baku on Wednesday.

After Turkey were crushed 3-0 by Italy in Friday's tournament opener, Wales' second match in Baku could have a significant bearing on their hopes of reaching the knockout stages.

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