Euro 2016: Romania hold on for draw against Switzerlandv

Article Parc des Princes, Group A – Romania 1 (Stancu, 18 [p]) Switzerland 1 (Mehmedi)

Switzerland took a giant step to making the knock-out stages of the European Championships for the first time in their history, after drawing 1-1 with Romania at the Parc des Princes in Paris. Bogdan Stancu gave Romania the lead from the penalty spot on 18 minutes, but Admir Mehmedi netted a deserved equaliser for the Swiss on 56 minutes to give Vladimir Petkovic's side four points from two games. Romania, who were unlucky not to secure a point in their first match against hosts France on Friday, were content to mass men behind the ball and then catch their opponents on the break through the pace of wingers Gabriel Torje and Alexandru Chipciu. And it work a dream in the first half, as they took the lead through Stancu's second penalty in two matches, after referee Sergey Karasev pointed to the spot following Stephan Lichsteiner's tug on Chipciu's shirt. But, as Angel Iordanescu's side tired in the second half, Switzerland began to grow in confidence, and deservedly levelled on 56 minutes as Mehmedi drilled home following an unconvincing Vlad Chiriches' clearance from Ricardo Rodriguez's corner. Switzerland are now almost certainly through to the knock-out stages with a game - against France in Lille on Sunday - to spare. But Romania will probably need to beat Albania in their final group match in Lyon on Sunday to join the Swiss in the last 16.