Swiss miss: Petkovic didn’t see Mehmedi stunner

Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic was pleased with the resolve his side showed to fight back against Romania to earn a 1-1 draw on Wednesday in Paris – even though he missed Admir Mehmedi’s stunning equaliser.

Mehmedi’s half volley pulled Switzerland back on level terms after Bogdan Stancu’s second penalty in two games had given Romania a first-half lead.

Petkovic revealed that he didn’t see the strike as he was busy planning a tactical switch.

“I didn’t see our goal. I was looking to make a change at the time and I had my back to the action,” he said.

“I am told it was excellent and of course it was well deserved. Also, importantly our defence were excellent. Okay, we gave away the penalty but other than that, we didn’t let them have too many chances,” he added.

The Swiss now face France in their final Group A game knowing that a win would see them top the group, but Petkovic refused to be drawn on his plans.

“It would be nice to finish top, of course,” he said. “There would be a lot of prestige to do that against the host nation. But second or even third – who knows what would work out easier in terms of the draw?”

Romania, meanwhile, are in third place and know a victory against Albania in their final game will probably still see them qualify.

“We have to win our next game. That’s how I see it,” said coach Anghel Iordanescu. “But in this game, we achieved what we wanted to. After the first half, I told the players to get the second goal and then protect the result, but we couldn’t do it.”