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Mehmedi strike earns Swiss valuable point

Published: Wednesday 15 June 2016, 20.45CET
Romania 1 -1 Switzerland
Admir Mehmedi's brilliant volley earns Switzerland a valuable draw but Romania can take heart after another battling display.
by Jim Foulerton at Parc des Princes

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Match statistics

RomaniaSwitzerland

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)38
 
62
Total attempts14
 
19
on target4
 
6
off target6
 
7
blocked4
 
6
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners4
 
7
Offsides1
 
5
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed24
 
11
Fouls suffered11
 
23

Standings

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Last updated: 16/06/2017 10:40 CET
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Published: Wednesday 15 June 2016, 20.45CET

Mehmedi strike earns Swiss valuable point

Romania 1 -1 Switzerland
Admir Mehmedi's brilliant volley earns Switzerland a valuable draw but Romania can take heart after another battling display.


Switzerland edged closer to qualification for the last 16 of UEFA EURO 2016 with a gutsy draw at Parc des Princes, battling back from a goal down to share the Group A spoils thanks to a wonderful left-foot volley from Admir Mehmedi.

Romania had led through Bogdan Stancu's 18th-minute penalty and they grew in stature after surviving several Swiss missses in the first half, notably by Haris Seferović.

The Eintracht Frankfurt striker sent a shot wide of Ciprian Tătăruşanu's left-hand post after six minutes and had another effort saved by the keeper soon afterwards. Blerim Džemaili also headed a presentable opportunity wide.

Romania made them pay after 18 minutes, when Stephan Lichtsteiner fouled the lively Alexandru Chipciu inside the area and Stancu scored his second penalty of the tournament, slotting into the bottom left corner.

Cristian Săpunaru could have doubled Romania's advantage but hit a post. Despite having had most of the ball, and the better chances, Switzerland were rattled.

They settled after the break, though, and drew level in fine style when Mehmedi fired home the sweetest of left-foot volleys after 57 minutes. From that point on, it was all Switzerland and they can head into their final match against France full of confidence.

Xhaka: Switzerland have to improve

Man of the match
Granit Xhaka showed both style and steel in a splendid display in Switzerland's midfield. He was at the heart of much of their possession football and can really make a name for himself in this EURO.

Resilient Swiss
They didn't play brilliantly against Albania in their opening game yet they got the win. Here, Switzerland were facing mounting problems but they showed character and no little skill to find a way back into the match. What will happen when it all clicks, you wonder?

Keșerü admits Romania were second best

Case for defence
Romania were tough to beat in qualifying and have revealed similar defensive capabilities here in France. There were some Swiss misses, for sure, but in Vlad Chiricheș they have a defensive leader who can mix it with the best attackers. Brave as a lion, the skipper's colleagues all showed strength at the back.

Paul-Daniel Zaharia, Romania @UEFAcomPaulDZ
Romania lived very dangerously, sitting back and inviting pressure. They also looked to strike on the break, however, and did so to good effect in the first half. However, Switzerland had created plenty of opportunities and the Romanian approach came unstuck in the second period. A draw was a fair result, but it leaves Switzerland three points better off in Group A – Romania will live dangerously until the end of this group stage.

Matthew Howarth, Switzerland @UEFAcomMattH
On the balance of play, both teams should be reasonably happy with the outcome. Switzerland improved after Mehmedi's equaliser and exerted some serious pressure on their opponents, but failed to muster a serious chance after their leveller. A point against France on Sunday would guarantee the Nati's place in the knockout phase for the first time in their history.

Last updated: 12/07/16 17.48CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000448/match=2017886/postmatch/report/index.html#mehmedi+earns+point+against+romania

Lineups

Romania

Romania

Switzerland

Switzerland

12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
1
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
3
RaţRăzvan Raţ
Substitution62
2
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner (C)
6
ChiricheşVlad Chiricheş (C)
9
SeferovićHaris Seferović
Substitution63
7
ChipciuAlexandru Chipciu
Yellow Card24
10
XhakaGranit Xhaka
Yellow Card50
8
PintiliiMihai Pintilii
Substitution46
11
BehramiValon Behrami
11
TorjeGabriel Torje
13
RodríguezRicardo Rodríguez
13
KeșerüClaudiu Keșerü
Yellow Card37
15
DžemailiBlerim Džemaili
Substitution83
18
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
Yellow Card22
18
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
Goal57
19
StancuBogdan Stancu
Goal18
Substitution84
20
DjourouJohan Djourou
21
GrigoreDragoş Grigore
Yellow Card76
22
SchärFabian Schär
22
SăpunaruCristian Săpunaru
23
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
Substitution90+1

Substitutes

1
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
12
HitzMarwin Hitz (GK)
23
LungSilviu Lung (GK)
21
BürkiRoman Bürki (GK)
2
MăţelAlexandru Măţel
3
MoubandjeFrançois Moubandje
4
MoţiCosmin Moţi
4
ElvediNico Elvedi
5
HobanOvidiu Hoban
Substitution46
5
Von BergenSteve von Bergen
9
AlibecDenis Alibec
6
M. LangMichael Lang
Substitution83
10
StanciuNicolae Stanciu
7
EmboloBreel Embolo
Substitution63
Yellow Card90+4
14
AndoneFlorin Andone
Substitution84
8
FreiFabian Frei
15
GămanValerică Găman
14
ZakariaDenis Zakaria
16
FilipSteliano Filip
Substitution62
16
FernandesGelson Fernandes
17
SânmărteanLucian Sânmărtean
17
TarashajShani Tarashaj
Substitution90+1
20
PopaAdrian Popa
19
DerdiyokEren Derdiyok

Coach

Anghel Iordănescu (ROU) Vladimir Petković (SUI)

Referee

Sergei Karasev (RUS)

Assistant referees

Nikolai Golubev (RUS), Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)

Fourth official

Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)

Additional assistant referees

Sergei Lapochkin (RUS), Sergei Ivanov (RUS)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution