The Warm Down: Wales earn crucial point against Switzerland
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 12: Kieffer Moore of Wales celebrates his goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group A match between Wales and Switzerland on June 12, 2021, in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images)

Despite Switzerland being firmly on top for a majority of the 90 minutes, Rob Page's Wales managed to dig deep and rescue a point from a tight affair against the team ranked 13th in the world, according to FIFA.

Two fantastic headers came up against each other, combining in an exciting end-to-end game for the neutrals.

First, an unmarked Breel Embolo punished Wales' lackadaisical defending four minutes into the second half.

A routine corner into a dangerous area was punished by a towering Embolo, as the  Borussia Mönchengladbach forward steered his header past Danny Ward.

It seemed like the game was slowly slipping away from Wales until a well-worked corner found Joe Morrell on the edge of the box, who scooped a cross towards all six feet and five inches of Kieffer Moore to glance the ball into the far corner.

  • Page's dilemma

The Red Wall were still unsure as to which goalkeeper would make Page's Starting XI, but it was not a surprise to Ward in between the sticks following his heroics against World Champions, France.

With his choice split between Ward and Wayne Hennessey, both of which are the second choice keepers at their respective clubs, it was really a 50/50 guess with who would start, although Page claims to have always known his starting team.

Just like the keepers, the formation was another aspect of the team that the coach was testing during Wales' friendlies. To the surprise of many, their five-at-the-back formation was ditched for a more attacking and balanced 4-3-3.

Could Page still be attempting to find his best Wales squad? Or will the men in red be playing a much-changed way to their Euro 2016 campaign?

  • Group A context

A point for either side leaves them sandwiched between Italy and Turkey, with the Azzuri stamping their mark on Euro 2020 with an emphatic 3-0 victory against the Turks to kick off the tournament.

With a draw against Switzerland and a difficult game in Rome against Italy, a win in Baku versus Turkey could all but confirm their place in the Round of 16.

Despite a convincing win by the Italians, Wales will still be confident that their side can top the group, especially after the 2016 team proved all the critics wrong.

Next up, Turkey in Baku on Wednesday 16 June.

  • Ones to watch

Dan James - The Manchester United winger burst into life multiple times in the first half, causing havoc down the left-hand side. James won multiple freekicks and gave the Switzerland defence something to worry about.

Kieffer Moore - From Chamionship to Euro 2020. The Cardiff City man, who has been nominated for Championship Player of the Season, is exactly what Wales fans have been asking for.

His towering presence in the box is enough to leave any defender quaking in their boots and could help take Wales far in this tournament.

Breel Embolo - Embolo has proven that he is a poacher, with a total of 23 goals and 22 assists in the Bundesliga. It seems that the Swiss striker is very hot and cold as his record has come after 107 league appearances split between two clubs.

Embolo pushed his whole team forward against Wales and ran at the Red Wall with no fear.

Kevin Mbabu - Mbabu is a defensive force to be reckoned with. 11 clean sheets in this Bundesliga season, and even three goals and four assists in 51 appearances for VfL Wolfsburg.

Mbabu was a real danger to Wales, with the full-back sprinting up the wing and getting himself into the penalty box. The right-back may need to work on his shooting, however.

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