The wait is finally over as Euro 2016 tournament kicked off at the Stade De France.
In what is the biggest ever European Championship with 24 teams, Group A kicks off the competition with host nation France taking on Romania in the tournament’s opener.
This happens to be Romania’s first major tournament appearance in eight years. Romania have only ever won one match at the Euro’s, but hoped to cause a major upset against hosts France.
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The opening ceremony which took place at the Stade de France before the match formalities proceeded saw the entire pitch transformed into a massive stage – one that looked like a garden.
Can-can dancers and entertainers gave the fans something to cheer and dance to.
Singer Zara Larsson and DJ David Guetta performed during the opening ceremony before the game.
Starting line-up for France included top European players as Giroud, Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet.
France starting 11: Lloris, Sagna, Koscielny, Rami, Evra, Kante, Matuidi, Pogba, Griezmann, Payet, Giroud
Romania starting 11: Tatarusanu, Sapunaru, Grigore, Chiriches, Rat, Hoban, Pintilii, Stanciu, Popa, Stancu, Andone.
France dominated the first 45 minutes, but couldn’t find the back of the net. The first half ended goalless.
Romania’s Bogdan Stancu missed a chance to open the score sheet at the start of the second half, but couldn’t convert it.
However, in the 58th minute, striker Oliver Giroud finds the back of the net with a stunning header, proving his critics wrong.
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Oliver Giroud has now scored eight goals in his last six starts for France.
In a rather shocking twist to the game, a clumsy tackle by Patrice Evra got Romania a penalty which got easily converted by Bogdan Stancu in the 65th minute.
An 89th minute strike by Dimitri Payet saw france to a decisive opening win against Romania.
Full time scores France 2 Romania 1.