Athens, June 13, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
France – Romania 2-1
Romania failed to overcome the obstacle of the hostess and lost to France in the Euro premiere 2-1.
Dimitri Payet was the protagonist of the Euro 2016 premiere, who with an incredible goal in the 89 ‘gave the victory 2-1 to the France of Didier Deschamps over Romania.
The star of West Ham was the only one from the tricolor who could create chances, since it was his cross Olivier Giroud converted with a header for the opener in the 57’.
Romania equalized in the 65′ with a penalty of Bogdan Stancu after the mistake of Evra. The team of Anghel Iordanescu gave a good performance in Paris, but will feel disappointed for failing to upset the hosts due to Payet’s late goal.
Albania -Switzerland 0-1
Switzerland, beat Albania 2-1 in Lans and sits at the top of the table of Group A along with the organizers.
In 5th minute Fabian Schar scored the only goal of the game after a bad exit from Etrit Berisha, with the goalkeeper of Lacio, however, redeeming himself with an excellent display in the rest of the game.
Since the 37th minute the Albanians were playing with 10 players due to the sending off of Lorik Cana, who became the fourth captain in the history of Euro to receive a red card.
Before his sending off Albania had begun to take control of the match, but even after that it was very good, and lost opportunities to come away with a point but failed and was defeated in the first match in its history at a major competition.
For the first 11 of Albania was playing Taulant Xhaka, while for Switzerland was playing his brother Granit Xhaka, with their mother at the stands cheering for both of them.
Luka Modric made the difference in Paris, as Croatia defeated Turkey 1-0 in the “Parc des Princes” thanks to a terrific goal by Real Madrid’s midfielder, with a long shot after a clearence without leaving the ball to touch the ground.
The Croats were superior, won a fair victory and could have achieved more goals as they had many chances and two shoots at the woodwork.
Turkey was disappointing, especially its two big stars Arda Turan and Hakan Calhanoglu, who could not provide for the lone forward Cenk Tosun, nor become threatening themselves.