Wales boss Robert Page admits his side 'had a little bit of luck'

Wales boss Robert Page admits his side ‘had a little bit of luck’ with Switzerland forward Mario Gavranovic’s winner ruled out for offside in Euro 2020 opener and defends decision to substitute Dan James in Group A fixture

  • Wales kicked off their Euro 2020 campaign with a 1-1 draw with Switzerland 
  • Cardiff striker Kieffer Moore cancelled out counterpart Breel Embolo’s header 
  • Mario Gavranovic thought he had scored with five minutes remaining in Baku 
  • But VAR ruled it out, leading Robert Page to admit Wales had luck on their side 
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.

Wales boss Robert Page admitted ‘a little bit of luck’ was on his team’s side after Switzerland’s Mario Gavranovic saw a winner ruled out for offside.

Page’s men kicked off their Euro 2020 campaign with a 1-1 draw against the Swiss in Baku, with Kieffer Moore cancelling out Breel Embolo’s header early in the second half.

But Vladimir Petkovic’s men though they had retaken the lead with five minutes remaining when Gavranovic slammed home from close range just seconds after coming off the bench.

Wales boss Robert Page admitted ‘a little bit of luck’ was on his team’s side after drawing with Switzerland

Substitute Mario Gavranovic thought he had netted a winner at the Baku Olympic Stadium

But VAR ruled the strike out for offside, much to the elation of Wales fans inside the Baku Olympic Stadium and at home.

And speaking after his side’s draw, Page admitted that while they had received a little bit of luck, he labelled Wales’ overall performance ‘positive’. 

‘We wanted a positive start and it feels like we’ve had one,’ Page said.

‘I’m proud of the players and we had a little bit of luck with the offside. None the less it was a positive performance.

But the goal was ruled out for offside by VAR much to the relief of Wales fans inside the ground

Switzerland took the lead after Breel Embolo headed home from a corner in the second half

‘We knew Switzerland were going to have a lot of the ball with blue they played. 

‘And I think we were doing the right things defensively. Just unfortunately the gaps started to appear in the second half and we conceded a set-piece.’ 

Winger Daniel James appeared unhappy when he was substituted just a minute after Cardiff striker Moore had equalised for the Euro 2016 semi-finalists.

But Page admitted the Manchester United star’s substitution was for the good of the team and for the player himself due to the frantic nature of the fixtures at Euro 2020. 

‘It’s for the good of the team,’ Page added. ‘There are three games in quick succession and he looked dead on the feet because of what he provided during the game. 

Kieffer Moore however equalised with 16 minutes to go after heading home a cross

‘He was disappointed coming off but he’s great in there now and it’s all about the team.’

Italy however lead the way in Group A after their victory against Turkey in the tournament’s opening game in Rome on Friday evening.

Wales’ next fixture is a critical one as they face Senol Gunes’ men, but Page admits his side will not be taking them likely despite their 3-0 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico. 

‘We watched the game all together last night and Italy have an exceptional team,’ he added. ‘But we respect Turkey and they have a lot to offer too. 

‘We are preparing for the game now. We have players running on the pitch behind us preparing for that game.’

Page downplayed Daniel James’ substitution, insisting he must be managed in the tournament




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