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Swiss stunner denies Romanians victory

Switzerland 1-1 Romania

Published 16/06/2016

Technique: Admir Mehmedi blasts Switzerland level
Technique: Admir Mehmedi blasts Switzerland level

Admir Mehmedi's spectacular volley denied Romania a first win at Euro 2016 as Switzerland snatched a 1-1 draw.

The Bayer Leverkusen forward crashed an unstoppable shot into the net to cancel out Bogdan Stancu's second penalty of the tournament and prevent Romania from adding to their solitary victory at the European Championships, which came against England 16 years ago.

It leaves them with just one point from two matches, although with their final game to come against minnows Albania, they will still have high hopes of qualifying for the knock-out stages.

Romania were gifted the lead after 18 minutes when Stephan Lichtsteiner pulled Alexandru Chipciu's shirt in the area and Russian referee Sergei Karasev pointed to the spot.

Stancu, who scored a penalty in the opening night defeat against France, made it two from two when he sent keeper Yann Sommer the wrong way.

Switzerland hauled themselves level just before the hour when a half-cleared corner dropped to Mehmedi, who lashed his volley past Tatarusanu and into the net.

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