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stalemate Gareth Bale believes Wales can be satisfied after tense Euro 2020 opener


Wales’ Kieffer Moore celebrates his equaliser (Darko Vojinovic/AP).

Wales’ Kieffer Moore celebrates his equaliser (Darko Vojinovic/AP).

Wales’ Kieffer Moore celebrates his equaliser (Darko Vojinovic/AP).

Kieffer Moore headed a superb equaliser as Wales opened their Euro 2020 campaign with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland at the Olympic Stadium in Baku.

Breel Embolo put Switzerland in front after 49 minutes, his close-range effort full reward for their superiority.

But Moore claimed his sixth international goal 16 minutes from time – and Wales were relieved when Mario Gavranovic’s late effort was disallowed for offside following a VAR check.

A point was more than Wales deserved for large parts of a contest in which they were often second best and key men Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey were kept quiet.

But Moore’s header will give Wales – semi-finalists at the last European Championship in France five years ago – belief that they can progress from a competitive group.

“We wanted a positive start and it feels like a win in the changing room; I am so proud of the players for that, they had to dig deep towards the end,” Wales boss Robert Page told BBC One.

“We had a little bit of Lady Luck with the offside as well but that’s the start we were after, we wanted a positive performance and I certainly got that.”

Page also praised goal-scorer Moore and felt his decision to use the player from the bench in Wales’ two warm-up games was vindicated.

“He’s been terrific at international level and club level,” said the manager. “He poses a threat and not just because of his presence – he’s got a great touch, his link-up play is very good and he’s a willing runner.

“When you’ve got all of those attributes as a centre-forward, it’s a good recipe to have. He thoroughly deserved his goal.

“Coming into the two friendlies before this, he didn’t need minutes, he’s played week in, week out in the Championship, so we had to protect him, wrap him in cotton wool a little bit and he’s given us his rewards today.”

Wales captain Gareth Bale was pleased with the character shown by his side.

“It was a hard game, both teams tried to play. It’s an opening game so it was a little bit tense but it’s not a bad result. We’ll take the positives and we go on to the next,” he told BBC One.

“We wanted to win the game. We had chances but so did they. It was a tight, tense game.

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“You go 1-0 down and you can really crumble but I think we showed a lot of character, a lot of grit and determination like we always do and we showed our class to keep playing and to fight for the goal back and it was good to get the equaliser.

“We have to use this as a springboard now to the next game.”

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