UEFA Euro 2016
Parc des Princes, Paris, France
18′ Stancu (P)
Switzerland were held to a 1-1 draw against Romania at the Parc des Princes in Paris in what was Group A’s first game in the second round of matches after an Admir Mehmedi strike cancelled out Bogdan Stancu’s first-half penalty.
Switzerland started well and went close in the fifth minute when Blerim Džemaili found Haris Seferović who cut back inside to curl an effort just wide.
Switzerland went close ten minutes later when Xherdan Shaqiri found Seferović who did well to shrug of a defender before firing an effort that Ciprian Tătărușanu saved well with his feet.
Seven minutes later, Romania were given a great chance to take the lead when the referee pointed to the spot after Alexandru Chipciu was hauled back by Stephan Lichtsteiner as the forward tried to break into the box. Romania obliged and Stancu sent Yann Sommer the wrong way to put Romania ahead. It was his second goal of the tournament and his second from the penalty spot.
Two minutes later, Switzerland nearly made the instant response when short corner was cleared into Fabian Schär who controlled the ball on his chest before firing a volley that forced Tătărușanu into tipping the ball over the bar.
In the 24th minute, Romania went close to finding another when Chipciu cut inside before firing an effort that drifted wide of the far-post.
Three minutes later, Romania very nearly got a second. A Romania freekick fell to Cristian Săpunaru who controlled the ball before firing an effort that struck the outside of the post with Sommer well-beaten.
In the 38th minute, Swizterland spurned a great chance to level the scores. A Lichtsteiner cross from the right fell invitingly to Džemaili who met the delivery but he could only head wide from a free header.
Immediately after the break, Romania started well and went close to doubling their lead. After substitute Ovidiu Hoban’s first effort was charged-down, his second effort flew just wide of the far-post.
Six minutes later, Romania went agonisingly close again. Gabriel Torje sent in a dangerous ball across the face of goal that Johan Djourou cleared narrowly wide of his near-post.
Five minutes later, Switzerland drew level. A Switzerland corner wasn’t dealt with by Romania and it fell to Mehmedi who volleyed powefully home on the bounce into the top-corner.
In the 70th minute, Romania went close when they were awarded a freekick after a foul from former Arsenal defender Johan Djourou. Torje fired the freekick at goal and forced Sommer to palm the ball away.
Late on, both sides pressed for a winner, but in the end both sides had to settle for a point each.
The result meant that Switzerland moved to the top of Group A with four points, a point ahead of France who play Albania later on. Romania are third with a point, whilst Albania are at the bottom without a point.