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After Bale runs the ball into the left corner to win a throw, Turpin blows the whistle and it's full-time.
It's another corner for Switzerland, Rodriguez takes, it clears everyone, and then Ward gathers Xhaka's follow-up cross.
- OffAaron RamseyWales
- OnEthan AmpaduWales
Ethan Ampadu replaces Ramsey for Wales.
GREAT SAVE! Mbabu cuts in and tucks a nice pass through to Gavranovic. He shoots, it catches a deflection and Ward turns it wide just as it threatened to loop over him. As it turns out, Gavranovic was offside.
We'll have a minimum of five more minutes as Switzerland force another corner.
CHANCE! The dangerous Embolo slides a pass through to Zakaria on the right, forcing a corner. From it, Embolo rises and his header is tipped over the bar by Ward.
A brief glimpse for Bale as the ball looks to sit up as a half volley near the edge of the area, but Switzerland manage to block.
DISALLOWED GOAL! Gavranovic thought he'd won it! Some neat interplay from Switzerland on the edge of the area leads to Embolo nodding it through to Gavarnovic, who thumps in a volley from eight yards out. He's half a yard off though, and it's chalked.
Seferovic is coming off for Switzerland, replaced by Mario Gavranovic.
A lovely back heel from Bale finds Brooks on the left on the area. He glides a low ball in to the back post where the sliding Ramsey can't connect.
'Don't Take Me Home' is ringing around the Olympic Stadium in Baku. That's lovely to hear, it really is.
Seferovic wins a ball he has no right to near the Welsh goalline. He lays the ball back to Zakaria on the edge, whose shot is blocked by Mepham.
Wales work a shooting chance for Davies on the edge but again it's well off target.
There's some heat under this now. A dangerous cross finds Embolo at the back post; he can't guide his header on target but was offside anyway.
- OffDaniel JamesWales
- OnDavid BrooksWales
What a last 15 we've got now. Page makes his first change, with a not exactly chuffed Daniel James making way for David Brooks.
- GoalKieffer MooreWales
GOAL! Wales 1 (Moore 74) Switzerland 1
Wales are level! It's another set piece, and Wales work it short to Morrell on the right corner of the area. He whips it into the area and Moore gets across the Swiss defence to glance a deft header into the bottom left corner!
That's better from Wales. Davies speeds it up, playing a one-two and crossing from the left, which Freuler puts behind for a corner.
A lengthy spell of possession for Wales ends when Mbabu cuts out a tired switch of play to James.
A lull, as both teams seem to be gearing themselves for the last 20. Wales look a bit out of ideas in this second half, and might need to switch this up to get some momentum going.
- OffXherdan ShaqiriSwitzerland
- OnDenis ZakariaSwitzerland
A change for Switzerland, as Zakaria replaces Shaqiri.
CLOSE! Shaqiri finds Embolo on the left of the Welsh area. He opens up to shoot and puts it just past the far post, with Ward at full stretch.
CLOSE! That's a pearler of a ball from Ramsey, whipped invitingly in to the back post. Somehow it misses everyone jumping and stretching for it, and bounces behind for a goal kick.
- Yellow cardKevin MbabuSwitzerland
Mbabu pulls off what appears to be a superb tackle to dispossess James; Turpin doesn't agree though, booking Mbabu and giving Wales a free kick to the left of the Swiss area.
James takes the corner. Akanji heads it clear at the front post. It falls to Davies, whose fierce shot from the edge is deflected behind for a corner.
James looks the best outlet for Wales right now, and wins a corner down the left.
Bale does find James with a diagonal ball now. James makes room for a cross, which runs all the way across the area to Roberts, whose shot is blocked.
Bale, who has been pretty anonymous so far, tries to find James with a long, diagonal ball but Mbabu cuts it out.
Embolo causes havoc again as he spins Mepham in the centre of the pitch and drives hard at the Welsh defence. He lays it wide to Mbabu, who drags a miserable shot well wide of the far post. Wales are rocking here, Embolo has got them in all sorts.
- GoalBreel EmboloSwitzerland
GOAL! Wales 0 Switzerland 1 (Embolo 49)
It's been coming! Shaqiri whips in the corner and finally the delivery is perfect; Embolo overpowers Roberts and heads the ball in net at the back post.
CHANCE! Brilliant play from Embolo, as he spins away from Rodon 30 yards from goal and piles forwards. He gets into the area and his fierce shot is turned over by Ward.
- Yellow cardKieffer MooreWales
Moore goes in the book for catching Schar with a stray arm as they contest a high ball. That's both of them on a yellow now, and they're both marking each other.
Peep! We're off again.
Peep! After two additional minutes, that's half time. Switzerland are on top, but Moore's header was probably the standout chance of the half.
CHANCE! Mbabu whips a ball into Embolo in the area, who backs Mepham deeper in before laying the bouncing ball off to Seferovic. From a tight angle on the right, Seferovic fires the ball high and wide of goal. Mepham had an industrial chunk of Embolo's shirt in his hands throughout that, and will be thankful Embolo didn't hit the deck and force a VAR review.
Shaqiri lofts an inswinger to the back post, where Bale puts the ball behind for a corner.
Davies goes through the back of Mbabu in the inside right channel, and it's a useful free kick to the Swiss. He's a bit luck not to get a yellow there, I must say.
Seferovic shuffles the ball between his feet on the edge of the area to work a shooting chance again, but blazes it well over the crossbar.
A brief lull, as the metronomic delivery of crosses into the Welsh area subsides for a few minutes. It looks to be Switzerland's best avenue to goal, but due to the lack of accuracy in delivery so far, not one that is unsettling Wales too badly.
Embolo has a lash from the edge of the area, that Roberts blocks and the ball spins wildly out for a corner. Moore clears at the front post for Wales.
Freuler whips a ball into the Welsh area now, and Davies gets up before Embolo at the back post to put the ball behind for a corner. Shaqiri tries another low one to the front post, which Wales put behind for another corner.
Bale fakes to shoot, and then whips a dangerous cross into the six yard box. Could Mepham have thrown himself at that? It drifts out for a goal kick, and the danger is averted for Switzerland.
- Yellow cardFabian SchärSwitzerland
My oh my, Dan James can shift. He wins the ball on the left, deep in his own half, and he's off. James gets all the way to the right edge of the Swiss area and drifts past Schar, who crudely hacks him down. That's a yellow card, and a useful free kick to Wales.
More excellent cover from Ramsey here, dispossessing Shaqiri just as he moved menacingly forwards at the Welsh defence from 30 yards out.
Seferovic gets the ball into his feet in the area. Although tightly marked and with his back to goal, he spins to his right and whips a ferocious shot a couple of yards wide of the far post.
Schar channels Franz Beckenbauer, piling forwards and playing a one-two with Seferovic on the edge of the Welsh area. Ramsey had tracked him all the way though, and intercepts the return ball.
Wales need to get a handle on this. Another dangerous cross is well cleared at the back post by Roberts, and falls to Xhaka on the edge of the area. He drags his shot several yards wide of the post.
Wales cough it up cheaply in midfield, and both Mbabu and then Rodriguez fire menacing crosses into the Welsh area. Nothing comes of either, but the Swiss are on top right now.
GOOD SAVE! Switzerland whip the corner in low to the front post. Schar gets to it first, trying to flick it in with the inside of his right foot as the ball goes between his legs. He connects, and Ward makes a smart save with his feet to put the ball behind for another corner.
Moore is back on, while the Swiss win a corner after Davies dispossesses Embolo.
Now it's all about Moore, who has clashed heads from the resulting corner and is bleeding. That'll need a bit of work.
GOOD SAVE! What was I saying about Moore? James skips past his man on the left and crosses dangerously into the area. Moore rises and heads the ball back towards the top corner, and an instinctive hand from Sommer turns the ball over the bar for a corner.
Moore isn't quite getting into this yet, but wins a useful free kick in the centre circle for his team.
The Swiss are coming in to this now. Shaqiri whips in a dangerous ball from the right, where Rodon climbs to nod it away before it can reach Embolo.
Mepham cleans out Embolo just outside the Welsh area with a man and ball tackle. Turpin lets it go, the Swiss aren't amused.
The two wingbacks combine for Switzerland. Rodriguez whips a ball in from the left and Mbabu rises at the back post. His header goes back across goal and a couple of yards wide, and the Swiss have a corner as it's judged to have clipped a Wales player on the way.
Bale gets Roberts in behind the Swiss defence with a nice, angled pass. Roberts crosses low into the area and it's hacked clear; a promising start for Wales here.
James gets in a pocket of space down the left for Wales. He whips a cross in behind the Swiss defence, but Sommer is quickly out to gather.
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Peep! We're off.
Teams out, anthems in the bank and it's time. The players take the knee before kick off; there is no room for racism in life.
We've reached the players milling about in the tunnels stage, and we're almost ready to go in Baku. Your referee today is Clement Turpin.
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Switzerland went out of Euro 2016 in heartbreaking circumstances, losing on penalties to Poland in the second round. As they did so though, Shaqiri did light up the tournament with this stunning goal to take the match to extra time.
These two haven't played against each other for ten years, so there's not much history can tell us about what might happen today. For what it's worth, Wales have won twice and the Swiss have bagged five victories in their seven meetings to date.
We can't talk about Wales and the Euros without having a little nostalgic glance back to that quarter-final. Check out Craig Bellamy's reaction when Sam Vokes clinches the match at 5.49 here; that's what it means to put 58 years of not qualifying for a tournament to bed.
The Swiss have a very settled side too; manager Vladimir Petkovic has been in charge since 2014 and took the team to Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup. On both occasions he got them beyond the group stages, but no further. In this 24 team tournament where 16 teams advance to a knockout stages with a large amount of jeopardy in the draw, can he take them further this time? The great and the good of Swiss sport are all behind them.
So, how do you follow that? Wales' epic run to the last four in France five years ago was the greatest month in the history of the national side, and replicating that will be tough. The squad have also had to adjust to a change in manager, as due to legal proceedings against him Ryan Giggs stepped down to be replaced on a caretaker basis by assistant Robert Page. They have a settled squad and are on a good run in competitive matches; they won their UEFA Nations League group and only Belgium have beaten them in their last eight meaningful fixtures.
Switzerland are as expected, and their manager Vladimir Petkovic has identified today's game as the key one for his team. Fabian Schar has seen little playing time at St James' Park this year but is the central point of their back three. Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri plays in what Joe Cole calls 'the jam roll' - the hole - behind a front two of Borussia Monchengladbach's Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic, the Benfica forward with 21 international goals to his name.
It's an attacking side from Wales; after a lot of debate, Kieffer Moore gets the nod as a central striker with the pace of Gareth Bale and Daniel James either side of him. 2016 stalwarts Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey take up their places in the midfield. All 26 of Wales' squad are fully fit and ready to go.
And here are the Swiss:
Here's your Welsh team for the afternoon:
Good afternoon! Welcome to live coverage of Wales versus Switzerland in Group A of the European Championship, live from the Olympic Stadium in Baku.
Italy got off to a flier in this group last night, thumping Turkey 3-0 in Rome, and our two sides this afternoon will be looking to keep pace with them. This is Wales’ second European Championship on the spin, and Robert Page’s players will be looking to revive the spirit of 2016 where Wales embarked on a memorable run to the semi-finals. That’s a stage the Swiss team have never seen; they have just to progress beyond the last eight of a major tournament and will be looking to create history of their own.
Team news off the wires from Baku shortly.