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Bale praises his side's 'character' after draw 1-1 with Switzerland

Published on: 12 June 2021

Wales captain Gareth Bale praised his side's 'character' after they came from behind to draw 1-1 with Switzerland in their opening game of Euro 2020.

The Swiss took the lead shortly after half-time through Breel Embolo, but the Welsh fought back and equalised through Kieffer Moore's fine header. The draw leaves both sides on a point a piece and two behind group leaders Italy after their 3-0 win over Turkey on Friday.

Bale who was leading his country for the first time at a major tournament believes Wales can use the draw as springboard going into their next game against Turkey.

'It was obviously a hard game. Both teams tried to play. Opening game it was a little bit tense. But for the opening game, a 1-1 draw, we’ll take the result.' The Wales captain told the BBC.

'Of course we wanted to win the game but they had chances too. The players worked hard for the team and we got a result.

'At 1-0 down can see teams crumble but I think they showed a lot of grit and determination and character to fight back.

'You don’t lose so you keep going. We have to use this as a springboard heading into the next game.'

Wales face Turkey at the Baku Olympic Stadium on Wednesday in a must win game and boss Robert Page insists his side won't take the Turks lightly despite their dismal display against the Italians.

'We watched the game all together last night and Italy have an exceptional team.' Page told the BBC.

'But we respect Turkey and they have a lot to offer too. We are preparing for the game now.'

Switzerland, Meanwhile will face group leaders Italy at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday.


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