It was mixed fortunes for these two nations in their opening group matches with Romania unfortunate to lose to hosts France thanks to Dimitri Payet’s 89th minute winner while Switzerland were slightly fortunate to get past the 10 men of Albania on Saturday Afternoon
Romania caused France problems on Friday night and if it wasn’t for a combination of Hugo Lloris’ goalkeeping attributes and Bogdan Stancu’s better finishing then they would have come away with at least a point from the Stade De France
Many feel that this game will decide who will finish Group A as Runners Up and go onto play in St Etienne on June 25 against the Runners Up of Group C. Switzerland have a 3 point head start on their opposition this Evening and they also know that a win would see them secure qualification to the Round of 16 with a game to spare
They certainly have Yann Sommer to thank for making sure they came away from their opening group game with Albania with a win. The 28 year old was on hand to make two fantastic saves to keep Albania at bay and give Switzerland all 3 points
Considering Albania played for 55 minutes with 10 men, Switzerland made the game harder than it needed to be. Although 1-0 was ultimately enough they still had more than enough chances to wrap up the game sooner and kill of any Albania threat
New Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka was impressive although perhaps Albania didn’t really give the most accurate measure of what he will bring to The Emirates next season. While Stoke Xhedran Shaqiri was on hand to provide the assist from a 5th minute corner to give Switzerland the game’s only goal from Fabian Schar
Romania go into this game with both Razvan Rat and Vlad Chiriches on yellow cards and if they were to pick up another one in this game they would then go onto miss the final group game against Albania on Sunday June 19th
Romania were impressive in defeat and Switzerland were unimpressive in victory as you know in Football you don’t always get what you deserve. On paper you would say Switzerland will go on and win this game but not if Romania can play as they did on the opening night.
If Switzerland can raise their game then they will go on and get the second win which will secure a spot in the Round of 16 if they don’t though I can see Romania coming away with a point to at least open their account. This game is Switzerland’s to lose in my opinion.