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Live Reporting

Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    And just like that, the first game of Euro 2016 is already over.

    What a way for hosts France to make their mark, as a stunning Dimitri Payet goal gives them victory in Paris.

    For some, the tournament starts for real on Saturday, with both England and Wales in action.

    Until then.

  2. Watch the goals

    France 2-1 Romania

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  3. Payet's tears of joy

    France 2-1 Romania

    Thierry Henry

    Former France International on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Dimitri Payet cried at the end of the game. That tells you how much he wants to play for France. It was a great goal, a great performance. His goal made me jump out of my seat." 

  4. 'Romania can progress'

    France 2-1 Romania

    Danny Mills

    Ex-England defender on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Romania were exceptional in the first half and incredibly brave. I thought their resolve would go after they conceded but they kept at it and got back into it. It was a soft one but it was a penalty. Romania will cause Albania and Switzerland problems. There is no reason why they can t get out of the group."

  5. Post update

    France 2-1 Romania

    Much-maligned striker Olivier Giroud has now scored eight goals in his last six starts for France.

    Meawhile, at 19 years and 362 days, Kingsley Coman became the youngest player to play for France in a major international tournament.

  6. 'Terrific opener'

    France 2-1 Romania

  7. Past and present

    France 2-1 Romania

    Dimitri Payet became the first French player to score and assist in a European finals game since Thierry Henry in 2000 - versus Czech Republic.

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    James Stevenson: That goal was pure joy. Can only dream of scoring a goal like that in the first game for the host nation in a major tournament.

    Akanbi Stephen: Payet goal was just an epitome of beauty, the goal rumble in the jungle of the Romania net.

    Chris Baldwin: I can't decide if that goal is good or bad news for West Ham.

  9. 'Payet was hurting'

    France 2-1 Romania

    Thierry Henry

    Former France International on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Dimitri Payet thought he was going to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He was involved in every qualifying game but they took that away from him.

    "Tonight you saw a man who was hurt. He was saying with that performance 'you didn't take me to the World Cup and I am going to show you'. He wanted every single ball. You can't win a game by yourself. but that strike... oh my gosh. 

    "No one is going to take what is happening to him now away from him. He showed tremendous desire. He was the one that drove the team forward."

  10. Post update

    France 2-1 Romania

      Romania concede the same number of goals in this match than they did in 10 qualifiers.  

  11. Payet the difference

    France 2-1 Romania

    Thierry Henry

    Former France International on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Let's not forget Romania played really well. They are unfortunate and have lost because Dimitri Payet happened."

  12. Post update

    France 2-1 Romania

    Relief for the French, who are on the pitch lining up to hug match-winner Dimitri Payet.

    The Romanians were unlucky and take the acclaim of their supporters. It was a good effort, but they came up just short in the end.

  13. Post update

    France 2-1 Romania


    France 2-1 Romania

    It's a blue day in Paris for France, as Dimitri Payet's wonderful, wonderful late goal seals victory for the hosts against a plucky Romania side.

    Didier Deschamps' men up and running.

  15. One man to thank...

    France 2-1 Romania

    Thierry Henry

    Former France International on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Payet has bailed us out tonight."

  16. Post update

    France 2-1 Romania

    Oles ring out inside Stade de France with each France pass.

  17. Post update

    France 2-1 Romania

    Ooh, nearly a third.

    Moussa Sissoko on the charge late on lashes an effort narrowly wide.

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    Mickey Wallis: Payet has been the best player on the pitch by a country mile. And I would be surprised if we see a better goal all tournament.

    Adam Levitt: What a strike. It just had to be Dimitri Payet. Man of the match without a doubt.

  19. Post update

    France 2-1 Romania

    Dimitri Payet is now on the bench, wiping away his tears. A strike worthy of winning any football match.


    France 2-1 Romania

    And that's his last act of the match.

    A tearful Dimitri Payet, overcome with emotion, is substituted and Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko comes on.

    Three minutes of added time.

    Dimitri Payet