The Swiss national team tied in the opening matches of the “Euro 2020”, with its rival Wales (1-1), in the first round of the first group competitions of the tournament on Saturday.
At the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan, Switzerland opened the scoring through its player Brielle Embolo at the beginning of the second half, specifically in the 49th minute, with a successful header after a corner from Xherdan Shaqiri.
Wales returned to the match by scoring the equalizer through Cardiff player Kiefer Moore, who headed Joseph Morell’s 74 lifted ball.
Each team has one point in the group that Italy topped with its 3-0 victory over Turkey in the opening matches of “Euro 2020”.
Wales coach Robert Page, who took over after excluding former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs over accusations of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, hopes to repeat France’s 2016 achievement.
At that time, the team fell into a group that included another football giant such as Italy, which is the English neighbor, but this did not prevent them from leading in front of the “Three Lions”, before the other neighbor, Northern Ireland (1-0) was eliminated in the final price and strong Belgium (3-1) in The quarter-finals, before the adventure ended in the round of four at the hands of Portugal, which later won the title.
As for Switzerland, participating for the fifth time in the finals, it seeks only to qualify and dust off its suffering in the playoffs.
The match started evenly between the two teams, with a balanced control in the midfield, which the Welsh team took advantage of more for the pressing attack.
Those attempts translated into a first chance for Wales in the 15th minute, when Kiefer Moore rose above the Swiss defenders and headed a cross with his head towards the goal, but goalkeeper Jan Sommer was on the lookout and flew to defend his goal.
The Swiss responded in the 21st minute from a corner that reached Fabian Schar inside the penalty area, and he shot it in the middle of the goal, but goalkeeper Danny Ward was present to tackle.
Embolo managed to open the scoring for Switzerland in the 49th minute, after Liverpool player Jordan Shaqiri turned a perfect corner to his compatriot, Borussia Monchengladbach, to rise the latter wonderfully and turn it into a strong header in the net.
After several attempts by the Welshmen, Joe Morell crossed into the center of the penalty area, Moore came from afar and poked his head to hit the net to the right of Sumer, equalizing (74).
The referee canceled a goal for Switzerland scored by Mario Gavranovic (86) for offside after resorting to the video assistant referee (VAR) technique.
Embolo almost repeated the scene of the first goal in the 90th minute, but his header this time did not cross the goalkeeper, so the match ended in a 1-1 draw between the two teams.
“I feel frustrated,” said the first goal scorer. It’s the first match, we know we can do more. We had to look for that second target. We benefited from a free kick, and likewise conceded a goal.”
“We deserved to win today,” Embolo added. But it is not easy, it is a tournament with quality players.”
As for Wales captain Gareth Bale, he said: “We showed a high fighting spirit and a lot of determination to come back after falling behind by a goal. We have to get positives out of this game.”
“Things could have been worse, but we had the courage to draw with Switzerland and we have to build on this result in our next matches.”
In the second match, Denmark’s star Christian Eriksen fell unconscious during his country’s meeting with Finland, before the medical ambulance team intervened and gave him a heart massage, which caused the match to be postponed.
UEFA announced the postponement of the Denmark-Finland match due to Eriksen’s health condition.
Eriksen (29 years old), crowned with Inter the Italian League title, suddenly fell to the ground before the half-time in Copenhagen, with his eyes wide. His colleagues formed a circle around him, and some of them seemed to cry.
Italy had an easy victory over its guest Turkey (3-0) in the opening match that took place the day before yesterday, Friday.