Dimitri Payet’s goal just at the right time helped hosts France to start its campaign in its familiar style with a 2-1 win over Romania in the first game of UEFA 2016 played at Stade de France last night.
The game was heading towards a draw but the penalty opportunity was used well by Bogdan Stancu but Payet sent the ball into the goal at the last moment declared the France as the winner.
Romania got the opportunity of scoring very early in the game with only three minutes passed. Nicolae Stanciu kicked a good corner but Romanian players were unable to connect it well and couldn’t take an early lead in the match.
Payet’s goal at the last moment made France the winner
Then France started attacking after the 10th minute and a goal opportunity was missed by Atletico Madrid superstar Atletico Griezmann. Bacary Saga gave a fine cross but Griezmann was not able to send the ball into the post.
Payet’s cross went to Griezmann in the 37th minute and it flashed just wide.
Romania was giving competition to the host nation. But both the teams were at 0-0 at the end of first half.
Paul Pogba kicked the shot well over from distance but the Romania goalkeeper was there to defend it and it left France to take a lead in the early second half.
Romania had a brilliant chance to score in the 48th minute when Stancu’s acrobatic effort flying wide but was stopped by the defenders and the flag stayed down.
Giroud took the shot at goalkeeper in the 52nd minute but Ciprian Tatarusanu made his first save of the game.
Finally, the wait over for France in the 57th minute and Giroud helped France to take a lead. Payet was again the architect, crossing from the right flank, and the striker got there before Tatarusanu to head into the post. The goalkeeper claimed he was fouled but in truth he was wrong and Giroud was probably one step ahead.
Romania equalised France’s lead in the 65th minute. Patrice Evra was adjudged to have tripped Stanciu in the area, and Stancu made no mistake in sending Lloris the wrong way from the penalty spot.
Substiute Anthony Martial kicked the ball which gone straight to goalkeeper Tatarusanu. Midfielder Ovidiu Hoban aimed at the goal 10 minutes from time but it went way over Lloris’ goal.
Payet came out as a stunning winner in the 89th minute. He created room for himself very far from the goal before curling a superb left-footed effort into the top corner of the net.
4’ – Fantastic work from French goalkeeper Lloris to keep out Stanciu, and let Romania take an early lead.
14’ – Gerizmann get a brilliant cross from Sagna, but Gerizmann’s header hits the right side of the post.
36’ – Griezmann got a chance again, Payet’s cross was good but his shot was just wide of the post.
48’ – Stanciu crosses to Stancu, who acrobatically volleys just wide.
57’ – Olivier Giroud jumps ahead of Tătăruşanu that was the first goal of the match.France’s Olivier Giroud scores their first goal – Reuters
65’ – The foul of Patrice when he legged Bogdan Stancu down and he converts the penalty into an equaliser goal.
89’ – A stunning goal by Payet and France won the opening match.
- Olivier Giroud is the second Frenchman to score the opening goal of the match after Michel Platini in 1984. In the same year, Platini went on to score a total of nine goals. a tournament record and a total record.
- This is the 18th goal of Giroud for France. He has scored eight goals in his last eight appearances.
- Patrice’s foul was the ninth penalty that France conceded in EUROs and equals Germany’s record.
- Bogdan Stancu who scored a goal on penalty becomes the second Romanian to score a penalty goal at the European Championship match after Ionel Ganea (2000).
- Dimitri Payet became the first player to score a goal and a provide an assist at a Euro was David Trezeguet who did it in the final of EURO 2000.