Dominating for a long time, the players of the Swiss national team thought they had done most of the work against the Welsh by leading 1-0. But it was courage that Wales found the resources to equalize at the end of the match.
The Nati had yet believed to do the most difficult by opening the scoring at the return of the locker room thanks to a corner from the stainless Xhedan Shaqiri, transformed with a header by the Mönchengladbach striker Breel Embolo (49th). But Vladimir Petkovic’s men were never able to make the break and Welsh center-forward Kieffer Moore (1.95 m), head bandaged after a shock early in the match, equalized with an uncrossed head (74th ).
“We had to look for this second goal, regretted Embolo at the end of the meeting. We took advantage of a set piece, that’s also how we got punished. I find that after the 1-0 we were a little too passive, we had two, three actions, we did not materialize, and then we were punished. “closevolume_off
Beyond the passivity and lack of Swiss precision, this result is the product of the choices of the Welsh coach Robert Page, propelled on the bench in April after the sidelining of Ryan Giggs, accused of serious accusations of violence on his ex-girlfriend and the latter’s sister, whom he denies.
DANNY WARD, CLUB GHOST, NATIONAL TEAM SAVIOR
The two surprises concocted by Page in the starting XI – the presence in the middle of Joe Morrell, replacing in Luton Town in English D2, and that in tip of Moore, who had not started the two preparation matches against France and Albania – have paid. Like the choice to start in the cages Danny Ward, who was decisive even if he hardly played (5 matches) in Leicester where he is the lining of the Danish Kasper Schmeichel. His tap against a new header from Embolo on a corner (90th) saved the precious point of the draw for the Welsh.
He missed a second goal at Embolo but the Mönchengladbach striker was the most dangerous for Switzerland. He took matters in hand when he returned from the locker room after a first period of sterile domination marked by a lack of skill in the last gesture.
Like Haris Seferovic who has long lacked precision. The attempts of the striker of Benfica, yet effective in Portuguese Liga (22 goals in 31 matches), fled the frame: his not obvious pivot strike (27th), a dry shot (41st) and even his recovery after a delivery inspired by Breel Embolo just before the break (45th + 1).
“We deserved the victory today,” said the latter. But it’s not easy, it’s a tournament where there are quality players. Too bad. We take this point and we continue with this good state of mind. “
The former Madrid native Gareth Bale was discreet in front of him but this draw allows the Welsh, surprise finalists of the 2016 edition, to hope to get out of their group A dominated by Italy (3 points) after their victory against the Turkey (3-0) Friday. “We are not too disappointed with this draw, it could have been worse,” responded Bale, praising the “character” of his team.