PAYET DECIDES MATCH WITH LATE TOUCH OF MAGIC
With two minutes left Dimitri Payet of West Ham let rip with an unstoppable rocket into the top corner to deny Romania a draw, and put tournament hosts and favourites France on course for a 2-1 victory to start the tournament. The West Ham man's shot was absolutely picture perfect, and Payet wept openly as he was subbed off after scoring.
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PENALTY FOR ROMANIA! AND THE EQUALISER!
A clumsy challenge by Patrice Evra on Bogdan Stancu gave Romania a spot kick in the 65th minute - and Stancu pulled himself up to slot home, sending Hugo Lloris the wrong way.
GIROUD NODS HOME FOR FIRST GOAL OF TOURNAMENT
Olivier Giroud produced a brilliant leap to beat Romania goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu to a Dimiti Payet cross, and glanced the ball goalwards with his head in the 58th minute to put France ahead against a plucky Romanian side. The goal made up for a series of misses from the Arsenal player earlier in the game.
GIROUD MISSES HEADER ON STROKE OF HALF-TIME
France and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud missed a few half-chances during the opening 45 minutes - then in the dying seconds of the first period headed over with a genuine opportunity to open the scoring, as he nodded Dimitri Payet's shot over the bar.
France's Olivier Giroud reacts after Antoine Griezmann missed a chance to score
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FRANCE HIT THE POST EARLY ON
Atletico Madrid superstar Atletico Griezmann initially failed to meet a fine 14th-minute cross from Bacary Sagna, but as the defence failed to clear the danger he got his head to the ball - only for it to come back off the upright.
LLORIS SPARES FRANCE'S BLUSHES
Just six minutes into the opening match France almost let in a goal against Romania, with Nicolae Stanciu's corner falling to striker Bogdan Stancu in the six-yard box. He managed to poke it goalwards, only for Tottenham goalie and France captain Hugo Lloris to hook the ball away from the goal-line.
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