Switzerland were held to a 1-1 draw by Romania on Wednesday in a crucial Group A game. With Romania taking lead in the first half via Bogdan Stancu spot kick, Admir Mehmedi's goal in the 57th minute helped the Swiss secure a point from the match.
With this result, Switzerland top the table with four points while Romania opened their Euro 2016 account.
Romania's much-talked about defence stood to their task, and looked rock solid at the back. Switzerland, despite a dominant game, could not score more than one goal. On the contrary, the Swiss players also did not impress in the final third.
The fixture got off to a quick start as both teams played with high intensity, and the first real chance of the game fell to Switzerland's Haris Seferovic, but the striker hit it wide in the sixth minute. From early on, Switzerland enjoyed possession, with Romania's defence getting tested. Seferovic got another chance to score, but the Romanian goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu got his foot to deny lead.
However, it was Romania, who took lead as they were awarded a penalty in the 18th minute, which was slotted home by Stancu. It was his second Euro 2016 goal. Romania, despite their goal, were involved in a lot of defending as the Swiss players looked dangerous. Though Romania spent most of the time in their own half, they were a threat on the counter.
Switzerland did not have anything to show for their efforts in first half despite their number of chances at goal. Romania, who came into Euro 2016 with an amazing defensive record, were superb, containing the likes of Seferovic, Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri. Switzerland lacked the clinical edge in the first half.
But, Switzerland got back into game with a thumping shot from Mehmedi in the 57th minute, which resulted from a corner. This is what exactly Switzerland wanted, as they had 33 more minutes to seal the game with a second goal.
Switzerland began to ask questions to the Romanian defence, with Shaqiri using his pace and skills from the right flank. However, their game in the final third was still below par, and in fact, Romania looked a strong unit going forward as they tested the Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer in the second half as well.
Switzerland introduced 19-year old Breel Embolo for Seferovic, who had yet another poor game. The youngster did use his pace, but his final touches were not impressive inside the box. With 10 minutes to go, Switzerland went all out for a win, but the result ended 1-1, and both teams had to share a point each.