Switzerland once again failed to impress going forward, and had to settle for a point against Romania in their second Euro 2016 clash.
Sweet volley smash from SUI’s Mehmedi to equalize vs Romania. https://t.co/1PjFgqAi8D
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Switzerland predictably dominated the game in many ways, but they didn’t look entirely convincing. They were getting into decent positions, but many of their players seemed to be on completely different pages when it came to the final pass.
Too often the wrong run would be made or the wrong pass would be chosen, and a promising looking move would break down needlessly.
Romania weren’t looking particularly threatening, but they were defending stoically and looking to capitalise on the odd chance or two they were creating.
In the end they were gifted an opportunity by Swiss captain Stephan Lichtsteiner, who blatantly had a handful of Romanian shirt in the box, right in front of the referee.
The penalty was slotted away calmly by Bogdan Stancu, and with Romania known for their defence it was always going to be difficult for Switzerland from there.
The Swiss eventually got an equaliser, with Blerim Džemaili pouncing on a poorly cleared corner. He lashed the ball through a crowd of bodies, and somehow it evaded them all and ended up in the back of the net.
There were half chances for both sides before the end of the game, but it really did have draw written all over it.
Despite earning just one point from two games, Romania are still in with a decent chance of qualification. If they can get a big win over Albania in their final game then there’s every possibility they could go through, but they’ll need results elsewhere to go their way.
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Switzerland on the other hand may need a point against France to guarantee progression, which is certainly a tall order.