(EFE) – Kieffer Moore, with a goal for Wales in the final stretch of the match against Switzerland (1-1), obscured the Swiss team’s debut, showy until the last half hour and punished after giving ground after Beer’s goal Plunger that overtook Vladimir Petkovic’s men.
Football was somewhat unfair to Switzerland, who for almost the entire match held the reins of a match in which they faced the pleasant surprise of France 2016. Wales, a semifinalist in the last edition, started the Eurocup excited but with the Gareth Bale’s name too monopolizing in all media.
The still Real Madrid player did not meet expectations. With Wales he transforms and it was expected that at the Baku Olympic Stadium he would leave behind his irregular image of the season at Tottenham to hit the table.
It was not easy for him. Their rival, Switzerland, who are adept at aiming for manners and not going far, has a collection of good players at their maturity point. The 1992-1994 vintage has reached its perfect cooking time and almost all of that generation is at the perfect age for a footballer, between 27 and 29 years old.
With names Fabian Schär, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, Breel Embolo or Haris Seferovic in the eleven, Petkovic’s team was almost forced to take the reins to start the Eurocup on the right foot and scare away his reputation as an untouchable selection in the qualifying phases. and weak in the finals.
And, although it took him fifteen minutes to take the reins of the crash, he got what he wanted. It was easy, because Rob Page opted to lock himself in his field with the giant Kieffer Moore as an island waiting for a counterattack and, except for some ride by Daniel James, always electric and devilish, Wales did nothing.
In one of James’ starts, Wales enjoyed their only big chance. The Manchester United player took a magnificent cross from the left wing that Moore headed and saved Yann Sommer with a great save. That was it. With Bale gone, Aaron Ramsey in hiding, and helm Joe Allen inoperative, Wales set about surviving.
He came out unscathed before the break because Switzerland lacked aim. The Swiss team was able to score with a magnificent heel from Schär that Danny Ward cleared and with three shots from Seferovic that went through the roof. The last, very clear, on the edge of the break, marked the beginning of the exhibition of Embolo, which with a great movement within the area caused a very clear opportunity that his teammate missed.
Embolo’s hunger did not stop in the locker room. He leaped onto the grass unleashed, powerful, strong and unstoppable. With terrible confidence he faced rivals every time he could. And, in one of them, he forced Ward to send the ball to a corner that was later a goal. He headed Shaqiri’s pitch himself and did justice on the scoreboard.
Wales had no choice but to advance lines. It was no longer worth waiting for failures from the rival while hiding in his plot of the field of play. He had to go for the tie. And suddenly the tables turned and Switzerland became the counter-puncher.
Except for another attempt by Embolo that brushed the second with a shot that licked the left post of Ward’s goal, during the last half hour Wales, with more drive than head, went for the equalizer. He got it. It was Moore, in a set-piece slate play in a corner, who signed a draw with a good header.
Without much argument, Wales had found oil. Switzerland paid dearly for their sin, locking themselves behind when they clearly commanded the game.
And it could be worse, because Page’s team smelled blood and in the last minutes went for the victory. He did not get it and even got a scare with a goal canceled by Gravanovic’s VAR. In the end, the 1-1 did not move from the scoreboard and Switzerland suffered a hot flash due to an unexpected conservatism. Moore was tasked with resuscitating a dying man.