For a second, it looked like France’s woes during a tournament opener continued to live for another day. On a couple of occasions in the first half, they were run ragged by the Romanians, who got a couple of glorious chances on either side of the half. Olivier Giroud got France’s only goal. It came at a time when he could have had a hat-trick. Such was the sheer number of chances that their mercurial midfielder, Dimitri Payet created. Antoine Griezman hit the post before Patrice Evra gave away a penalty with a soft foul.  Nicolae Stancu stepped and scored. It was meant to Payet’s day though and in the dying minutes of the game, found a little bit of space and thumped a magnificent shot into the roof of the net to set the Euro 2016 stage on fire. Also Read: EURO CUP 2016 schedule Also Read - France vs Croatia: Griezmann, Grioud Score as Les Bleus Win 4-2 in UEFA Nations League

France had come into the game after the nervy initial exchanges of the first half. Romania were giving too many fouls away and could have had a man sent off too. Giroud had a chance from a corner and another one, where he controlled a low through ball on the left and shot at goal, the ball went straight to the ‘keeper. The much vaunted Giroud stepped up by aggressively attacking the ball in the box and looping it into the net. Romania had possession but missed some finesse in the final third. Payet, walking off to to a standing ovation and tears of pride in his eyes didn’t have any such problems and secured his place in the team with a first-rate performance, standing out from the rest of his teammates. Also Read - Football: Manchester United Star Paul Pogba Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Left Out of France Squad For UEFA Nations League

Vlad Chiriches could have easily been sent off for two bookable offenses. There was frustration from France’s end too as Olivier Giroud needlessly elbowed Mihai Pintili, Romania’s best player. The Arsenal striker was unhappy about not being handed a penalty for Chiriches’ cynical tackle in the box. Paul Pogba had a chance from a volley but missed his footing. He had another attempt earlier in what was one of the best moves of the game. The former Marseille man made a clever dummy with his instep and crossed the ball in afar, Pogba waited, balanced himself and thundered in a volley, and the ball was parried away by the active Ciprian Tatarusanu. Payet though, had no such problems. Also Read - Don't Confuse Formula 1 With Go Karting: Karim Benzema Takes Dig At Comparisons With Olivier Giroud