Honours even in Paris as Switzerland come from behind to secure a deserved point against Romania.

Date: June 15, 2016

Result: Romania Switzerland

Scorers:

Romania: Bogdan Stancu 18 (pen)

Switzerland: Admir Mehmedi 56

Venue: Parc des Princes, Paris

Match overview:

On the balance of play, both teams should be content with a point. Switzerland were poor in the first half and Romania deserved to be in front at the break courtesy of Bogdan Stancu’s 18th minute penalty. The Swiss improved after Admir Mehmedi’s equaliser and exerted plenty of sustained pressure on their opponents, but failed to threaten Ciprian Tătăruşanu in the Romanian goal.

Key moment:

The decision by Stephan Lichtsteiner to pull the shirt of Alex Chipciu in full view of the referee was a moment of stupidy by the experienced Swiss captain.

Man of the match:

In a poor, scrappy match, low on thrills, the left-footed strike by Admir Mehmedi that brought Switzerland level, was a rare moment of quality.

Matter of fact:

There have been only two penalties so far at Euro 2016 and both have been scored by Romania’s Bogdan Stancu.

Talking point:

Switzerland need a goalscorer. Once again Haris Seferović was wasteful up front, missing two good chances in the opening 20 minutes. He was eventually withdrawn, to be replaced by the highly rated Breel Embolo, who showed flashes of raw talent, but at 19, looks ill-equipped to carry the attacking burden.

Stats:

Goal attempts

Romania: 14

Switzerland: 19

Attempts on target

Romania: 4

Switzerland: 6

Corners

Romania: 4

Switzerland: 7

Line-ups:

Romania

12 Ciprian Tătăruşanu (G)
03 Răzvan Raţ (16 Steliano Filip 62)
06 Vlad Chiricheş (C)
07 Alexandru Chipciu
08 Mihai Pintilii (5 Ovidiu Hoban 46′)
11 Gabriel Torje
13 Claudiu Keșerü
18 Andrei Prepeliţă
19 Bogdan Stancu (Florin Andone 84′)
21 Dragoş Grigore
22 Cristian Săpunaru

Starting formation: 4-2-3-1

Tătăruşanu – Raţ, Chiricheş, Grigore, Săpunaru – Pintilii, Prepeliţă – Stancu, Chipciu, Torje – Keșerü

Switzerland

01 Yann Sommer (G)
02 Stephan Lichtsteiner (C)
09 Haris Seferović (19 Breel Embolo 63′)
10 Granit Xhaka
11 Valon Behrami
13 Ricardo Rodríguez
15 Blerim Džemaili (6 Michael Lang 83′)
18 Admir Mehmedi
20 Johan Djourou
22 Fabian Schär
23 Xherdan Shaqiri (17 Shanji Tarashaj 90′)

Starting formation: 4-2-3-1

Sommer – Lichtsteiner, Schär, Djourou, Rodríguez – Behrami, Xhaka – Shaqiri, Mehmedi, Džemaili – Seferović

Yellow cards:

Romania: Prepeliţă 22, Chipciu 24, Keșerü 36, Grigore 75

Switzerland: Xhaka 50, Breel Embolo 90+3

Referee: Sergei Karasev (Rus)

Attendance: 43,576