UEFA Euro 2016 Group Stage A – France vs Romania

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Game/Team Info

  • Location: State de France – Saint-Denis 06/10/2016
  • Group Stage: Stage A
  • France FIFA RANK: 17
  • Romania FIFA RANK: 22


Giroud 57′
Stancu 65′ (P)
Payet 89′


  • France Giroud scores the first Goal for UEFA Euro 2016 on the 57th minute
  • France Payet delivered the winning goal on the 89th minute
  • Romania notes that they were not as inferior being the underdogs and were able to hold-off France until the 89th minute


France vs Romania played on June 10, 2016, France wins match on Group Stage A

The opening game is one of the most watched and electrifying matches in a tournament and the match between France and Romania didn’t disappoint. Romania came in the match as the underdogs and it could have been a lopsided victory for France but as it turns out the winner needed 89 minutes to secure the win.

France winning goal came from Dimitri Payet who had an unbelievable experience —

“If someone had told me that it was going to be like that tonight I don’t think I would have believed it. Yes we were a bit timid and afraid of making mistakes in the opening quarter. We came up against a side who were very good at defending. The crowd helped – we know how important the points were. Now we’re able to rest up and prepare for the second game. Had we won by two or three goals that might have misled us slightly. The fact we won like that shows there won’t be any easy matches and we have to go out and win matches.”

France coach Didier Deschamps has this to say —

“It’s good to have won. The Romania team aren’t easy to play against – and we knew that. We had chances, but we conceded a few as well. We had a bit of trouble letting our hair down, but we got our reward in the end. I made sure we played to win, with four attacking players on the pitch at the end. Given the context, an opening match is never easy.”




  • 1 Hugo Lloris (G)(C)
  • 3 Patrice Evra
  • 4 Adil Rami
  • 5 N’Golo Kanté
  • 7 Antoine Griezmann
  • 8 Dimitri Payet
  • 9 Olivier Giroud
  • 14 Blaise Matuidi
  • 15 Paul Pogba
  • 19 Bacary Sagna
  • 21 Laurent Koscielny


  • 12 Ciprian Tatarusanu (G)
  • 3 Razvan Rat
  • 5 Ovidiu Hoban
  • 6 Vlad Chiriche
  • 8 Mihai Pintilii
  • 10 Nicolae Stanciu
  • 14 Florin Andone
  • 19 Bogdan Stancu
  • 20 Adrian Popa
  • 21 Dragos Grigore
  • 22 Cristian Sapunaru

Payet aside from scoring the winning goal was also a key player in the first goal for UEFA Euro 2016 via a setup he did for Giroud.

Romania who wasn’t expected to match very well with France was able to hold their own throughout the game up until the 89th minute when Payet scored the goal via a feed by Kante.

Coman who debut for France became the youngest player to play for his country in a major tournament.

Romania coach has this to say —

“This game marks the start of a great competition, the greatest on our continent, the European Championship. We are up against one of the best teams in the tournament, among the favourites. I hope and believe our players will do their best to show everybody that we have a good team, a worthy team capable of putting in a good performance. The objective is to qualify, to get through the group, and make a very good impression at the same time.”

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