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Euro 2016: Swiss held by persistent Romania

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Switzerland and Romania played out an entertaining 1-1 draw in their Group A clash of the European football Championships at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on Wednesday.

Bogdan Stancu (18th minute) converted a penalty to hand Romania an early lead before Admir Mehmedi (57th) restored parity for the Swiss in the second half. Arsenal new boy Granit Xhaka was once again the star of the show for the Swiss, who were guilty of some very poor finishing, despite having a whole host of chances.

The result temporarily puts Switzerland at the top of Group A with four points after two matches. Romania are third with one point, two behind hosts France.

Romania had produced a spirited effort in the 1-0 defeat to title favourites France in their first match. The Eastern Europeans showed similar spirit against the more skillful Swiss who were high on confidence having started with a win over Albania.

Switzerland dominated most of the match and much of the action was confined to the Romanian half.

Romania were forced to defend tooth and nail but a fast counter saw Stephan Lichtsteiner grab a handful of Alexandru Chipciu shirt inside the Swiss penalty area, thus conceding a rather soft penalty. Stancu stepped forward to smash home the resultant penalty and give Romania the lead.

Switzerland continued to dominate possession with Romania sitting back and defending. They were finally rewarded for their persistent aggression when Ahmedi slammed a loose ball into the net to salvage a point.