Hosts France finished top of Group A in UEFA Euro 2016 after drawing 0-0 with Switzerland in Lille on Sunday, a result that also meant the Swiss have qualified for the last 16.
Yet, it was an early exit for Romania after they were beaten by Albania in Lyon, the latter's first ever win at this tournament.
Here are the results from Sunday's matches:
|UEFA Euro 2016 Results: Sunday Scores|
Here's how Group A finished:
|UEFA Euro 2016 Standings: Group A|
Given they both entered the match on the brink, Goal's Robin Bairner was surprised by some of the players omitted by both Romania and Albania:
Perhaps lacking sufficient impetus in attack, Romania ceded the initiative to Albania, who promptly carved out some excellent chances. Yet, they struggled to take them, with one very notable miss earning criticism on social media, per BBC's Match of the Day:
Eventually though, Albanian pressure told and Armando Sadiku made history at this tournament, according to the competition's official site:
Romania turned up the pressure by dominating possession after the break as they faced early elimination:
Yet, there was still no spark in attacking areas. The lack of inspiration ultimately condemned Romania to their early elimination.
No such problems face Switzerland after they earned a point in Lille against a France side that rested a number of key players, including midfield destroyer N'Golo Kante.
The 0-0 draw was hardly entertaining, but it did at least showcase the discipline and composed passing that have guided the Swiss through to the knockout rounds.
Playing against the buoyant hosts meant keeping the ball away from the players who could make a difference, stars such as France attacking midfielders Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann.
The platform for that approach was provided by a very efficient display from new Arsenal man Granit Xhaka. Squawka detailed how the steady No. 10 controlled things:
In a match littered with tough tackling but few chances, one France midfielder was particularly destructive, according to OptaJean:
Ultimately, a stalemate suited both teams, booking comfortable passages to the knockout phase. But an admittedly under-strength France didn't look much like a potential tournament winner.