Euro / Group Stage
Stade de France / 10.06.2016
It’s finally here! Euro 2016 starts tonight when hosts France face Romania in Paris. We’ll be taking you right through the evening with live updates, some stellar content from our website to whet your appetite, and pictures and reaction from the opening ceremony. Then, of course, the match itself…
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FULL TIME: France 2-1 Romania. What an opening match!
The last French player to score and provide an assist at an European Championship match was David Trezeguet in the final of EURO 2000.
Payet almost in tears as he comes off. So much relief and emotion being expelled. They’re almost there...
Into the first of three additional minutes as Payet comes off to be replaced by Sissoko.
Dimitri Payet is the third West Ham player to score at the EUROs after Geoff Hurst (ENG) in 1968 and Trevor Brooking (ENG) in 1980.
GOAL FRANCE! And it’s a sensational strike from Dimitri Payet. Only he is capable of that as he sweeps a left footed curler into the top corner from the edge of the box.
‘Squeaky bum time’ for France fans now as an opening match they were expecting to win starts to drift towards a draw.
Bogdan Stancu becomes the second Romanian to score a penalty goal at the EUROs after Ionel Ganea (2000). In 2008 Adrian Mutu missed a penalty vs Italy.
FIVE MINUTES REMAINING: Can France get that crucial late winner? Time against them now.
Free kick to Romania. Torje takes but the flag goes up for offside.
Romania sub: Popa off for Torje
Martial plays a neat 1-2 with Giroud but his shot is comfortably saved by Tătăruşanu.
TEN MINUTES REMAINING: Not exactly a disaster for France of they don’t win this but it ramps up the pressure and makes the task a little tougher.
Pogba wasn’t expecting that as Dechamps springs a surprise. Payat playing in the pocket behind Giroud and Martial. Yellow card for Popa for a foul on Payet.