Secret favorite Switzerland weakens at the start

Secret favorite Switzerland weakens at the start

Published on 12.06.2021

Kieffer Moore scored the much-acclaimed equaliser

Despite clear superiority and opportunities, Switzerland has frivolously missed a good start to the European Championship. In the duel with Wales, it was enough for the Swiss in Baku (Azerbaijan) only to a 1:1 (0:0).

The Welsh Kieffer Moore saved the semi-finalist of 2016, who only appeared in the final phase, a lucky point with his equalizing goal in the 74th minute. Earlier, Breel Embolo (49.) of Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach beheaded the Swiss in the lead. The team of coach Vladimir Petkovic is thus already under pressure in the second group game against European Championship opener Italy-3:0 against Turkey – next Wednesday. Wales then meet Turkey.

Embolo has the chance to win in the 90th minute

Five minutes before Ultimo, the Swiss briefly felt victorious when substitute Mario Gavranovic scored with his first touch of the ball. However, the shooter was just offside at the conclusion, which is why the hit did not find recognition after video evidence. In the 90th minute, Embolo failed with a header against the strong Wales keeper Danny Ward.

In summer temperatures, both teams tried from the beginning to offensive accents, but initially spared the great risk. The first chance belonged to the Welsh, who had surprisingly reached the semi-finals at their European Championship premiere in 2016. After a cross from Daniel James, the beefy Moore from the English second division club Cardiff City came free to the header, but failed on the brilliantly reacting Yann Sommer in the Swiss goal.

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The Swiss had a little more playing parts, but made themselves difficult against the well-staggered defense of the island kickers. The first chance was almost inevitably given by a standard situation. A corner extended central defender Fabian Schär skillfully with the hoe, but Ward saved with a strong foot parade.

As a result, the Swiss became more dominant and recorded another opportunity through the ex-Frankfurt Haris Seferovic. The striker of Benfica Lisbon missed with his shot but just the goal. Shortly before the break, Seferovic appeared freely in front of the goal, but could not exploit the good preliminary work of Embolo.

Lack of ideas and precision

There was a lot of idling in between. The deep-standing Welsh, where coach Ryan Giggs can only watch the European Championship from afar because of an upcoming court case, offered hardly any rooms and even sporadically looked for the way forward. The Swiss lacked ideas and the necessary precision.

After the change, the Swiss made a furious start. At first, Embolo failed after a class solo at the again strongly reacting Ward. But the 24-year-old immediately received a second chance, which he took advantage of when he sank the subsequent corner ball by head in the net. The lead gave the superior team of coach Petkovic even more confidence. The Wolfsburg Kevin Mbabu could have quickly added the second goal, but pulled out of promising position.

Only after an hour did the Welsh return to the offensive. However, a shot from defender Ben Davies was slightly deflected and missed the goal. On the other side, Embolo missed his second goal with a Schlenzer by a few centimeters.

Kieffer Moore scored the much-acclaimed equaliser

On the whole, the momentum of the confederates weakened, who, for some inexplicable reason, retreated far, leaving the initiative to the opponent. That should take revenge. After a corner Moore came free to the header and left Sommer no chance. So in the end there was no winner.

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