Switzerland (above) beat Albania, thanks to an early goal from defender Fabian Schar © Getty Images
Switzerland (above) beat Albania, thanks to an early goal from defender Fabian Schar © Getty Images

The second round of fixtures in Euro 2016 will start as Romania face Switzerland at Parc des Princes, Paris. A win for the Swiss team will all but confirm their qualification to the next round, which will also mean early elimination for their opponents. Romania were dealt with a late 89th minute blow in their first match against host France. With scores tied at 1-1, Dimitri Payet hit a belter of a shot to give his side a win, and cause a heartbreak to the Romanian team and fans. Switzerland on the other hand beat Albania, thanks to an early goal from defender Fabian Schar.

If both the teams are looked on paper, Switzerland stand clear favorites, with the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Stephan Lichsteiner in their ranks. But Romania are no pushovers, which was highlighted in their display against France. Despite not boasting big names, they work as a team to make it tough for their opponents.

If history is anything to go by, this should be a good game. In the past, Romania have five wins to Switzerland’s four from 12 matches, with three draws. Their most recent clash was a 2012 friendly, which Romania won 1-0.

In terms of Euro 2016 qualifying results, both the teams finished second in their group to qualify directly for the main tournament. Romania finished a mere point behind leaders Northern Ireland whereas the Swiss finished seven points behind England.

Squads:

Romania: Costel Pantilimo, Alexandru Matel, Razvan Rat, Cosmin Moti, Ovidiu Hoban, Vlad Chiriches (c), Alexandru Chipciu, Mihai Pintilii, Denis Alibec, Nicolae Stanciu, Gabriel Torje, Ciprian Tatarusanu, Claudiu Keseru, Florin Andone, Valerica Gaman, Steliano Filip, Lucian Sanmartean, Andrei Prepelita, Bogdan Stancu, Adrian Popa, Dragos Grigore, Cristian Sapunaru, Silviu Lung Jr.

Switzerland: Roman Bürki, Marwin Hitz, Yann Sommer, Johan Djourou,  Nico Elvedi, Michael Lang, Stephan Lichtsteiner, François Moubandje, Ricardo Rodríguez, Fabian Schär, Steve von Bergen, Valon Behrami, Blerim Demaili, Gelson Fernandes, Fabian Frei, Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Denis Zakaria, Eren Derdiyok, Breel Embolo, Admir Mehmedi, Haris Seferovi, Shani Tarashaj.