Switzerland are in with a good chance of reaching the Euro 2016 knockout stages for the first time following their 1-1 draw with Romania at Parc des Princes on Wednesday.
- Romania 1 Switzerland 1
- Seferovic misses early chance
- Stancu penalty breaks deadlock
- Mehmedi strike restores parity
- Swiss move top of Group A
La Nati have failed to make it out of their group on three previous occasions, but they got off to a good start by beating Albania 1-0 in their Group A opener on Saturday.
They trailed at half-time in Paris after Bogdan Stancu gave Tricolorii the lead from the penalty spot on 18 minutes, and though Anghel Iordanescu's side had chances to extend their lead, they were pegged back 12 minutes into the second half with a well-taken equaliser from Admir Mehmedi.
The score remained deadlocked at 1-1 for the remainder of the match, with the draw taking the Swiss top of the group on four points, one ahead of France, who face Albania later in the evening.
It was a game full of chances for both teams and the Swiss got their first sniff at goal on seven minutes when Blerim Dzemaili played in Haris Seferovic with a neat ball and he cut inside on the left before curling a shot wide of the far post from 12 yards out.
Seferovic should have broken the deadlock on 16 minutes after he was played through on goal by Xherdan Shaqiri, but his low strike was turned away by the boot of the goalkeeper.
Vladimir Petkovic's men were unlucky to concede a penalty on 18 minutes after Stephan Lichtsteiner had been adjudged to have pulled back Alexandru Chipciu. Stancu stepped up and tucked his spot-kick into the bottom-left corner, sending Yann Sommer the wrong way.
The Swiss looked to respond and Fabian Schar went close with a well-struck volley from 25 yards out that forced Ciprian Tatarusanu into a fingertip save on 21 minutes.
Back came Romania and Chipciu failed to test the keeper with his shot from an acute angle on 26 minutes, before he struck the outside of the post from inside the area moments later after a free-kick dropped invitingly at his feet.
Ricardo Rodriguez then sent a 25-yard free-kick into the arms of Tatarusanu on 33 minutes and Dzemaili should have done better with his header six minutes before half-time, steering the ball past the upright from eight yards out.
Romania threatened to double their advantage shortly after the restart as Ovidiu Hoban fired just wide of the target from 10 yards out on 47 minutes, before Johan Djourou almost turned a cross from the right into his own net, with the ball bouncing just wide of the upright.
But it was Switzerland who struck next, courtesy of a fine finish from Mehmedi, who flashed his shot past Tatarusanu from 14 yards out after a corner had only been half-cleared into his path.
Sommer was fortunate to see Claudiu Keseru's firm header fly straight into his gloves on 65 minutes from Steliano Filip's cross on the right.
Dzemaili then went for the spectacular on 77 minutes, catching a high ball on the volley just inside the area and fizzing his shot over the crossbar.
In the end, though, neither team could conjure up a winner in the closing stages and they had to settle for a share of the spoils.