2020 European Championship, Group Stage
  • Kieffer Moore (74')
  • Breel Embolo (49')

Euro 2020: Wales luck out with Kieffer Moore goal in Switzerland draw to open

Wales striker Kieffer Moore snatched his side a point with a powerful header in a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in their Euro 2020 opener at the Baku Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

Moore, 28, levelled on 74 minutes with a powerful header past Yann Sommer following an effective short corner routine.

The Welsh striker was wearing a headband after a first-half head collision. He had been impactful throughout the game, having forced Sommer into an impressive one-handed save in the opening stages.

"It's great personally, we'd have liked to win but we'll take a draw to put us in a good position," Moore told BBC Sport after the match. "It's never good going a goal down but to get one back and see the game out is a big positive for us.

"Obviously this is a big occasion and I've loved every second of it."

Wales were captained by Gareth Bale, who is one of eight players in his side's 26-man squad that appeared in their fairytale semifinal run at Euro 2016.

Switzerland's Breel Embolo opened the scoring in Azerbaijan with a header from a Xherdan Shaqiri corner shortly after the restart.

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The Swiss striker could have created a second minutes later when right-back Kevin Mbabu fired wide from his lay off.

Wales came alive shortly after, with Moore's headed strike capping off a period of sustained pressure.

Joel Ward made a couple of crucial saves late on, first tipping over a late header from Embolo and then producing a superb fingertip save from a Mario Gavranovic strike, although it was later ruled offside.

Switzerland striker Haris Seferovic thought he had netted an 85th-minute winner but VAR ruled it out for offside.

Elsewhere in Group A, Italy kicked off the tournament with a comfortable 3-0 win against Turkey at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Friday.

Wales next face Turkey in Baku on Wednesday, while Switzerland take on Italy in Rome hours later.