Romania, Switzerland draw in tense encounter

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Romania and Switzerland played out an even game in Paris as a 1-1 draw was a much better result for the Swiss.

Bogdan Stancu’s first half penalty kick gave Romania the lead but a belter from Admir Mehmedi grabbed Switzerland a point.

With the draw Romania has just one point heading into its final game of Group A against Albania, while Switzerland has four points on the board as they prepare to face France in their group finale.

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Switzerland had the best chance of the opening exchanges as Haris Seferovic turned and curled an effort towards the far post but it flew wide.

Xherdan Shaqiri then set up Seferovic who raced through but Ciprian Tatarusanu saved with his legs.

Romania were then awarded a penalty as Stephan Lichtsteiner pulled Alexandru Chipciu’s shirt in the box and Stancu stepped up to score his second penalty in as many games. 1-0 to Romania against the run of play.

Fabian Schar then had a powerful effort tipped over by Tatarusanu but Romania looked dangerous on the break as Alexandru Chipciu cut inside from the left and drilled an effort just wide of the far post. Cristian Sapunaru then hit the post as he gathered a free kick from the left and came within inches of putting Romania 2-0 up.

Switzerland pushed hard to get back into the game but Romania battled hard and in the 52nd minuted they almost doubled their lead but Johan Djourou’s clearance just squirmed wide of the post.

In the 57th minute Mehmedi smashed home the equalizer as he picked up the second ball from a corner. 1-1. What a hit.

Both teams pushed hard to go ahead but the match turned into somewhat of a stalemate late on with both teams well organized and unwilling to give up a point.