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Romania's Anghel Iordanescu likens Mehmedi strike to Payet winner

Romania manager Anghel Iordanescu could do nothing but tip his hat to Switzerland's Admir Mehmedi for his spectacular 57th minute volley that levelled their Euro 2016 Group A match for good at 1-1 on Wednesday.

Iordanescu's side were also victimised by another bit of left-footed magic in their opening round loss to France, when West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet lashed home to give the hosts all three points on June 10.

Against Switzerland, Romania were ahead after Bogdan Stancu's second penalty of the tournament, before Mehmedi's volley from 10 yards out put the teams on level terms.

"[Dimitri] Payet and then Mehmedi, they are just remarkable goals," Iordanescu said at a postmatch news conference.

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The draw puts Romania on just one point through two matches and leaves the team in an unlikely position to advance, with just one match remaining against Albania and hosts France already through.

"We had two very different halves of football," Iordanescu said. "In the first half, we controlled the ball and the game for some time. We had chances but we missed them. We could have won. The second half was dominated by the Swiss and we were under a lot of pressure.

"We lost two players because of injuries and that hurt us. We're suffering physically. It's hard to play these games. We needed some new players in our starting XI. We were struggling in the second half. There were others I wanted to take off but I couldn't because of the injuries.

"We have to win our next game [against Albania]. That's how I see it. 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. The Swiss were winning lots of individual duels.

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