Wales earned a degree with a 1-1 draw in opposition to Switzerland of their opening match of Euro 2020 on the Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan.
Breel Embolo powered a header in from a set piece early within the second half, giving the Swiss a deserved lead earlier than Kieffer Moore’s equaliser despatched Welsh followers into raptures.
In a scoreless first half, Yann Sommer made a wonderful save to disclaim Moore, whereas Wales have been maybe fortunate to not concede a penalty when Chris Mepham had a maintain of Embolo’s shirt.
Switzerland dominated for a lot of the match and Embolo’s tempo and energy meant he was a continuing thorn in Wales’ facet, and he teed up Kevin Mbabu moments after the opening aim – just for the full-back to tamely miss.
Wales got here shut themselves, with Ben Davies blazing over whereas Aaron Ramsey’s pleasant free kick was begging to be put behind the web earlier than Moore’s equaliser – and the Welsh survived a late VAR scare for good measure.
Listed here are the participant scores from Baku:
Danny Ward – 9. The 27-year-old made a wise save to disclaim Schar’s intelligent flick. Large cease to disclaim Embolo within the second half, and will do little concerning the striker’s header moments later.
Connor Roberts – 7. He made an important intervention to disclaim a lurking Rodriguez from a cross.
Chris Mepham – 6. Mepham made a crunching problem to dispossess Embolo, however was very fortunate to not concede a penalty on the finish of the primary half when grabbing loads of the ahead’s shirt.
Joe Rodon – 8. An distinctive efficiency from the Spurs defender, as he stored Seferovic at bay.
Ben Davies – 7. The Spurs defender was disposed by Mbabu however defended effectively, notably to clear away from the Swiss full again.
Joe Allen – 6. Allen struggled to make an affect in midfield as Wales have been pegged again inside their very own half.
Joe Morrell – 5. Nameless, and usually appeared out of his depth. Effective cross for the help, nevertheless.
Aaron Ramsey – 6. The Juventus midfielder’s defensive contribution was monumental. He was maybe too quiet in possession. His free kick was begging to be pounced upon however no teammates made the run.
Gareth Bale – 5. His first significant second was a free kick that the winger whipped right into a harmful space, just for no Welsh attackers to get on the tip of it. It ended up being his solely significant second.
Dan James – 7. The Manchester United winger was missing early as a unfastened move rolled out of play, however his play to tee up Moore was glorious. James’ willingness to trace again was essential.
Kieffer Moore – 8. Unfortunate to not open the scoring with a header on quarter-hour as he was expertly denied by Sommer. Regardless of main the road, his defensive contribution was monumental as Moore cleared a number of harmful corners. His largest contribution got here within the latter levels, as he thumped a header into the nook to equalise.
David Brooks – 6.
Yann Sommer – 8. After a nervy begin from the veteran goalkeeper, he made a surprising save to disclaim Moore.
Nico Elvedi – 6. A composed efficiency from Elvedi in a quiet match for the Mochengladbach defender.
Fabian Schar – 7. The Newcastle defender nearly gave his nation the lead with a intelligent backheel from the nook however was denied by Ward. Cynical problem to carry down James on the counter, however he handled Moore effectively.
Manuel Akanji – 6. The Dortmund central defender shanked a cross-field move within the early levels, however settled and was comparatively unthreatened.
Kevin Mbabu – 8. Mbabu made an important problem to cease James breaking free on the counter-attack, and he was a continuing menace down the right-hand facet. Ought to have executed higher when teed up by Embolo.
Remo Freuler – 6. Nameless in midfield, however he slotted in properly subsequent to Xhaka as Switzerland received the midfield battle.
Granit Xhaka – 7. The Arsenal midfielder dictated the tempo and orchestrated a lot of Switzerland’s offensive play.
Ricardo Rodriguez – 7. The Torino full again, deployed as a wing again, bombed ahead at will and displayed his glorious crossing capacity on quite a lot of events.
Xherdan Shaqiri – 7. It was a quiet efficiency from the Liverpool ahead, however his nook picked out Embolo for the opening aim.
Breel Embolo – 9. The Borussia Mochengladbach striker confirmed flashes of why he’s a key menace for the Swiss, together with his tempo and energy proving tough to cease. Unfortunate to not rating with a high quality hit, however his header was deserved.
Haris Seferovic – 6. The goal artificial a wise flip to shoot simply extensive and excessive from distance, and linked up effectively with the likes of Shaqiri and Rodriguez.
Denis Zakaria – 6.
Mario Gavranovic – 6.