Jun 15, 2016

    Swiss don't think Romania are pushovers


    SWITZERLAND and new Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka go in hunt of a second victory in Euro 2016 tonight against a Romania side fighting for survival.

    Romania came close to frustrating France in the tournament-opening match before Dimitri Payet's sublime winner gave the French a last-gasp 2-1 win.

    The Swiss, meanwhile, had to fight before Fabien Schaer's forceful header secured a 1-0 win over 10-man Albania.

    Schaer, the 1.86m Hoffenheim defender, makes a habit of scoring for the national side. His decisive goal on Saturday was his sixth in 21 appearances.

    Victory at Parc des Princes would almost certainly guarantee Switzerland a ticket for the round of 16 from Group A - and they will not want to face France in Lille on Sunday after a defeat to the Romanians.

    But Schaer said his team-mates had taken note that coach Anghel Iordanescu's team were unlucky to lose to the French.

    "We watched France against Romania, and Romania matched them for the majority of the game," he noted.

    "We know we'll have to up our game to beat them."

    The Romanians received glowing praise from their usually critical national press for their performance against France and the atmosphere in the camp is relaxed after they enjoyed a barbecue with their families in the team hotel on Monday.