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International press after the opening match of the European Championship: Anghel Iordanescu’s players proved they didn’t came to Euro-2016 to travel

France hardly won the opening match of the European Championship, the confrontation with Romania being decided by the Payet’s fabulous shot from the last minute of the game. Patrice Evra, Juventus Torino’s defender, stated at the end of the game that he is amazed by the force of the Romania’s national team , which was defeated 2-1 (0-0) in the match played on Stade de France on Friday.

The goals were scored by Giroud ’58 and Payet ’89 for France, respectively Stancu ’65 (penalty).

Deschamps’ students certainly didn’t expect to such a good reply of our national team, as demonstrated in statements at the end of the game.

“Romanians drew with Italy and Spain. Many people thought they came here just on holiday, but we know they didn’t. They ran like mad, it seemed to us that there are 12 players on the ground. We will always suffer until the last minute even if we won this match with in a painful way”, said the French defender, according to L’Equipe.

“Romanians proved that they are very strong physically. We didn’t make a perfect game, but it’s important that we won. Not everything went as it should, but it’s only the first game. Although we failed to play as usually, at least we played with passion”, also stated Blaise Matuidi.

International press praised the forward Dmitri Payet, the author of the victory goal in the match France – Romania, mentioning that Anghel Iordanescu’s players proved that they didn’t come to Euro-2016 to travel, according to News.ro.

“And the light comes from Payet”, states L’Equipe daily, which writes that after Giroud’s goal from the minute 58, French  players thought that they’ve done their job. “But they didn’t consider the Romanian determination. The guests replied very quickly, obtaining a penalty which was transformed by Stancu.  A coherent team, Romania was close to the performance. But a stroke of a genius brought it back to reality. One minute before the end of the game, Payet genially scored at the elbow”, according to the French daily.

L’Equipe published several statistic data after France – Romania match, including the number of lost balls by the hosts of the EC final tournament in the first half – 94 – most of them dated October 12, 2010, when “Les Bleus” played against Luxembourg.

Le Parisien also praises Payet, who “released France”, underlining that Didier Deschamps’ players acquired “a painful success” against Romania.

Le Figaro mentions that France managed to release itself fomr the Romanians’ trap thanks to Payet and appreciates that Romania is a compact and aggressive team.

“France opened the scoring by Giroud, but Romania has not surrendered. Like an extremely talkative guest, who cannot leave the party, it insisted and managed to even from the penalty. Only a player like Payet, someone above average, was able to rescue a French team that has shown many problems, wrote As, underlining that “Payet saved France”.

For the Sport daily, Payet “saved France”, while “Romania showed that they didn’t come in France only to travel”.

El Mundo Deportivo also mentions that Romania was a brave opponent, but Payet “class” was enough for France.

“When the game was going to a draw, a ball sent by Payet to the elbow brought France’s victory, who didn’t justified its status of the favorite of the competition”, according to La Derniere Heure.

“There are many things to be admired at the obstinate defense, the organization and the effort of the Romanian team. It’s easy to notice why they received only two goals in the perfect campaign from the qualifiers. They gave about two opportunities to Giroud, but most of the time they kept a close defense. Finally they were scattered by a goalkeeper’s mistake and by a great shot. They don’t offer too much by going further, but they will have easier tests, with Switzerland and Albany” according to rte.ie.

“France was shaking, but they defeated Romania in the opening”, wrote O Jogo.

“Payet, France’s hero, Romania KO” wrote Datasport, while Il Sole XXIV headlines: “Payet, France’s hero, Romania defeated at the photo-finish”.

British newspaper The Mirror mentioned that teams who underestimate Romania’s national team are doing it on their own risk, while Albany’s and Switzerland’s representatives should be aware that Anghel Iordanescu’s players didn’t come in France to do extras.

Daily Mail remarked the central defenders Vlad Chiriches and Dragos Grigore, who shown why “their partnership was a cornerstone of the success in the qualifiers”.

“Why other French players (e.n. – besides Payet) weren’t brilliant?” BBC wondered: “The merits should belong to Romania, who shown why it had the defensive with the best statistics in the qualifiers”.

The Telegraph appreciates Payet as a hero. “Take the weapons, people, as the old song says, and exactly when it seemed that the hosts of the Euro-2016 are not able to find any breach in the obstinate and barricaded Romania, the star of the opening night, Dmitri Payet, scored a fabulous goal”, according to the British newspaper.

Romania’s team was defeated by France’s representative, 2-1 (0-0), in the first match of the European Championship, played on Stade de France on Friday.

Goals were scored by Giroud ’58 and Payet ’89 for France, respectively by Stancu ’65 (penalty).


Uefa opens case against Russia but not England after Euro 2016 fan violence


One English fan was fighting for his life on Sunday after being set upon by a gang of ‘ultras’ from Moscow during chaotic scenes in Marseille on Saturday evening ahead of England’s opening group game at the European Championship against Russia in Euro 2016

Police confirmed that 35 people had been injured in the bloody scenes in the city, four seriously.

Uefa has expressed its “utter disgust” and opened disciplinary proceedings against Russia for crowd disturbances, racist behaviour by fans and fireworks being set off during the Euro 2016 game against England. A parallel case has not been opened against the English Football Association.

European football’s governing body has also acknowledged issues with the segregation inside the stadium and promised to beef it up for the remainder of the tournament, while sources have admitted that the scheduling of the match in Marseille on a Saturday night was a mistake.

Russian fans broke through lax security inside the stadium at the end of the match to attack England fans, including families, who were fleeing for the exit. Earlier in the day, around 200 Russians had attacked England supporters in the old port area of the city causing serious injuries.

Before that there had been three days of running battles between combative England fans, locals and the police, who regularly employed tear gas. Uefa has consistently maintained that it can only sanction its members for events that take place inside the stadium.

“Uefa expresses its utter disgust for the violent clashes that occurred in the city centre of Marseille, and its serious concern for the incidents at the end of the match inside Stade Vélodrome,” it said in a statement. “This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable and has no place in football.”

Uefa’s control, ethics and disciplinary body will meet on Tuesday to decide on sanctions against Russia ahead of their next game against Slovakia in Lille the following day, theguardian.com reports.



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