Romania vs Switzerland: Can Iordanescu’s side bounce back?

After a demoralising defeat against France during the opening game of Euro 2016, the European minnows will be looking to earn their first three points, against a strong Swiss side.

Romania vs Switzerland: Can Iordanescu’s side bounce back?
Can Iordanescu mastermind a Romania victory? | Photo: AFP

Romania delighted many fans in their opening Group A clash against hosts, France, on Friday. Now Anghel Iordanescu’s side will be looking to get their first win at Euro 2016 against Switzerland.

Iordanescu’s side fell to a late Dimitri Payet goal at the Stade de France, after matching Les Bleus for 80 minutes, whilst Switzerland squeezed past Albania following Fabian Schar's header.

Romanian forward Denis Alibec has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, after GSP claimed that the player was smoking in the changing rooms at half-time whilst Iordanescu sent someone to go and look for the 25-year-old.

When questioned upon the subject, the Romania manager simply replied: “Ask him, not me.”

To play, or not to play?

One dilemma that Iordanescu faces when picking his squad, is whether or not to feature 35-year-old Razvan Rat, who will most likely face Xherdan Shaqiri – which could certainly be seen as a miss-match.

Rat’s form has certainly been a concern, whilst the left-back has recently returned from a shoulder injury, before struggling against the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Kingsley Coman in the opening fixture.

Should Iordanescu drop the Rayo Vallecano defender, then 22-year-old Steliano Filip could start in his place.

It's time to kick on

Following the defeat to France, Iordanescu praised his side’s performance, but stated that it may be difficult to pick heads up after a demoralising defeat, after Payet’s late goal.

Florin Andone, second-top scorer in Spain’s second division, could lead the line again, but Alibec could also make the starting XI despite the smoking rumours.

Could Stancu be the man to lead Romania? | Photo: AMA
Could Stancu be the man to lead Romania? | Photo: AMA

After Nicolae Stanciu’s fine display for Romania against France, the Steaua Bucharest player is expected to start, whilst experienced Gabriel Torje could be dropped in place of Adrian Popa.

So, how do the two teams fare?

These two national teams have faced each other on 12 occasions, with both Romania and Switzerland winning five games each, and drawing the other two.

Romania won the last meeting – a 1-0 victory in May 2012 – thanks to a goal from Gheorghe Grozav, who failed to make the final 23-man squad this time round.