Euro 2016: Switzerland level with Romania to edge closer to last 16

  • Agencies, Paris
  • Updated: Jun 15, 2016 23:31 IST
Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri takes a freekick during their Euro 2016 match against Romania on Wednesday. (Reuters Photo)

Switzerland edged closer to a place in the knockout stages of Euro 2016 when they fought back to draw 1-1 with Romania in a lively Group A game at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.

Switzerland, who kicked off the tournament with a 1-0 win over Albania, squandered several opportunities and had to wait for a powerful angled half-volley from winger Admir Mehmedi to level the tie on 57 minutes.

Bogdan Stancu had put Romania in front from the penalty spot against the run of play on 18 minutes after Swiss captain Stephan Lichtsteiner pulled Alexandru Chipciu’s shirt in the box.

Romania defender Cristian Sapunaru’s shot then hit the post in the 28th.

A view of the Parc des Princes stadium during the Switzerland vs Romania Group A Euro 2016 match. (Reuters Photo)

Switzerland had dominated the first 20 minutes, and defender Fabian Schaer’s dipping long-range shot was sneaking under the crossbar until Romania goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu tipped the ball over.

Switzerland forward Haris Seferovic failed to convert two early chances, carrying his wasteful form over from his team’s 1-0 win against Albania.

France, who beat Romania 2-1 in their opening game, will guarantee their last-16 place if they beat Albania later on Wednesday in Marseille.

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