England 1, Switzerland 1
WEMBLEY, England (AP) _ Kubilay Turkyilmaz rolled in a penalty kick with eight minutes to play to give Switzerland a 1-1 tie with England in the opening game of the European Championship Saturday.
Alan Shearer scored for England in the 22nd minute.
Although England dominated the first half, the Swiss came back and Turkyilmaz scored in the 82nd minute after Stuart Pearce had been called for handball.
It could have been even worse for the home team but goalkeeper David Seaman made a stunning, one-handed save to keep out a close-range shot from Marco Grassi in the final minute.
Although England coach Terry Venables didn’t like the result, he was also unhappy with the decision of Spanish referee Manuel Diaz Vega to award the spot kick.
``I didn’t think it was a penalty, but we didn’t play well in the second half,″ Venables said. ``It was disappointing, it’s not the result we were looking for.
Swiss coach Artur George thought England’s goal shouldn’t have counted.
``The players told me that he was offside, so did some of the fans,″ said Jorge, a Portuguese who has been under fire from the Swiss fans because of previous poor performances.