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EURO 2016 - France vs Romania - MATCH REVIEW

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FRANCE
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2
ROMANIA
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1

Euro 2016

What a match to start the tournament! Hosts France and Romania kick started the month long Euro 2016 at the State de France with a wonderful match. The hosts left it to the last minute of regulation time to win the match 2-1.

EURO 2016 – Romania shows strength against France

 Romania almost stunned the local crowd with an early attempt at the goal by Bogdan Stancu. Had it not been for the instinctive save of Hugo Lloris, France would have been behind. But the hosts recovered from that and dominated the first half. A couple of clear cut chances for Olivier Giroud went wide while Antoine Griezmann struck the wood work. Although the honours were shared at half time, it was an interesting half with so much action at either ends.

 

And the second half began in an almost identical fashion with a great chance for Stancu to put the visitors ahead. But the forward missed with an ambitious half-volley and the packed stadium heaved a sigh of relief. That relief turned into joy as Giroud finally found a way to head into the net from a Dimitri Payet cross in the 57 minute. But in the 65th minute, the visitors were gifted a penalty by Patrice Evra which was duly converted by Stancu

Cracking goal to seal the game

France looked lethargic after the equalizer and needed a touch of magic to get back ahead. And that was duly provided by Payet in the dying minutes of regular time. A brilliant left-footer from the West Ham midfielder thundered into the top corner from 20 yards. It was enough for the hosts to close out the game and pick up maximum points.

FRANCE vs ROMANIA - Player of the day

With an assist and a sensational goal, Payet won the game for France almost single handedly. Whenever he had the ball, it looked like something would happen. Without a doubt, Payet is the player of the day!

 
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