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Published: 19:00 | 15/6/16

Switzerland held by Romania

The Swiss too Group A ahead of France v Albania

A cracking second half strike from Admir Mehmidi helped Switzerland recover from a goal down as they drew 1-1 with Romania at the Parc des Princes in Paris.

Bogdan Stancu put the Romanians ahead from the penalty spot early in the first half, but they were unable to build on their lead and in the end were fortunate to take a point from the game.

The Swiss now sit of four points in Group A and look almost assured of their progression to the last-16 ahead of their final game against France. Romania, on the other hand, know they must beat Albania in their final game to have any chance of progressing.

Switzerland started brightly as they looked to build on their opening win over Albania and they went close after just six minutes.

Haris Seferovic collected the ball just inside the area and spun his marker before hitting a curling strike that flew just past the post.

It was all Switzerland in the opening exchanges and they threatened again after 16 minutes when Xherdan Shaqiri threafded a brilliant ball into the path of Seferovic, but he blasted straight at Ciprian Tatarusanu in the Romanian goal.

This miss proved all the more costly two minutes later when Romania took a shock lead from the penalty spot.

Sergei Karasev’s shirt appeared to be pulled inside the area and the referee pointed to the spot. Bogdan Stancu stepped up and scuffed home his second spot-kick of the tournament to give his side the lead.

The Swiss reacted well to the goal and they almost equalised immediately when defender Fabian Schar hit a dipping volley that was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Tatrusanu.

The game was end to end after this as Romania pushed for a second and they rattled the woodwork after 25 minutes when full-back Cristian Sapunaru pounced on a loose ball and hit a rasping strike that came back off the post.

However, it was Switzerland who finished the half the stronger and they went close to an equaliser five minutes before the break when Stephan Lichtsteiner found Blerim Dzemaili at the back-post but he headed just wide as Romania went in 1-0 up at the break.

The second half started in much the same fashion as the first and it was Romania who created the first chance after just three minutes.

From a free-kick, the ball fell at the feet of substitute Ovidiu Hoban eight yards from goal but he dragged his effort inches wide when he really should have hit the target.

Switzerland regrouped after this and they finally levelled proceedings after 57 minutes with a sensational strike from Admir Mehmedi.

From a corner, the ball fell to Medmedi on the left of the penalty area and the winger hit a stunning half-volley that flew past the keeper and into the top corner to make it 1-1.

Switzerland were again in the ascendency after the goal but they were almost caught out with 20 minutes remaining when Gabriel Torje hit an outrageous effort from a free-kick from about 40 yards, but his strike was palmed past the post by Yann Sommer.

The game rather petered out after this as both sides seemed content with a point, and although Switzerland continued to look the more threatening, they were unable to find a winner as the game ended 1-1 to leave both sides in with a chance of progressing to the last-16.

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