EURO 2016: Payet Influences France’s 2-1 Win Over Resolute Romania In Opener

EPL stars Olivier Giroud and Dimitri Payet shine for France on Day 1 of Euro 2016

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EPL stars Olivier Giroud and Dimitri Payet shine for France on Day 1 of Euro 2016 

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Giroud scores the first goal in Euro 2016 for France against Romania in the 58th minute Photo Credits: indianexpress.com

Hosts France were clearly the favourites for the first game of EURO 2016 against Romania. The latter, a lesser known side had just come off a routing against Georgia in the warm-up matches and were high on confidence too but it was the Les Bleus who prevailed with perseverance.

Romania took the opening match to France from the very first minute as striker Stancu tapped a ball towards the goal after a mix-up by the French defence line. Sadly, French captain Lloris kicked it off the goal line in time to save the French an early setback in the opening minutes of the game. The game had just started and France were yet trying to get their foothold into the game; about 10 minutes later West Ham forward and French international Dimitri Payet crosses a ball from the left but Giroud heads it just wide off the post. France were now stepping up their game, the next few minutes were unsettling as Frenchman Griezmann’s header in the 13th minute hit the post after a cross from the right.

The Romanian team had been quietened with occasional fruitless runs from Stancu; but they were pressing the Frenchmen and that is what kept the latter on their feet. In the 26th minute Pogba shoots towards goal after a pass from Bacary Sagna on the right but the ball goes above the crossbar. Careless passing made the French lose the ball on many occasions in the middle which helped the Romanian’s push forward but only falter at the last moment in front of the goal. Giroud misses another header in the 41st minute after a brilliant ball from Payet.

Also Read: EPL Players To Watch Out For in EURO 2016 

The first half had many chances but none of the sides could break the deadlock. A few minutes later in the 47th minute, Stancu shows brilliant control of the ball on his chest before firing a shot towards the goal, only to go wide of the left post. Regular run-in’s from Griezmann and Payet towards goal kept the Romanian defence busy. There were also spurts of one-to-one between Payet and Giroud but they turned out without a result as the latter failed to convert it into a goal at the right moment. Payet fires another low cross in the just outside the box to Pogba whose shot is saved by the goalkeeper Tatarusanu.

The Romanian defence finally gave way in the 58th minute when a brilliant cross from Payet was headed into the goal by Giroud to open the French account in EURO 2016. A few minutes later in the 65th minute Patrice Evra made an unnecessary challenge in the box on Stanciu to gift the Romanian’s a penalty. Striker Stancu comfortably put the ball into the back of the net near the right post to bring Romania back into the game, after all they deserved it with their resolute gameplay.

Anthony Martial got an immediate chance as soon as he came on as substitute for Pogba who had been ineffective in the game, to be honest. Giroud passes the ball to Martial who shoots but is saved just in time by Romanian goalkeeper Tatarusanu.Romania and France both miss one goal opportunity each in the form of a set piece and a low pass from Sagna on the right.

It would have been unfair to Payet if France didn’t win the game, the 29-year-old had made most of the passes and the biggest difference in the game. In the 88th minute, the midfielder and gamemaker received a pass from Kante on the right before shooting a fabulous top-corner to give France the winner. Sissoko came on for Payet immediately after the goal but missed a golden opportunity to make it 3-1 in the 91st minute after a counter-attack after he shot the ball wide off the left post.

Regular interceptions from N’ Golo Kante coupled with brilliant footwork from Payet give France their first win in Euro 2016.

Stay tuned for more on Euro 2016

 

Euro 2016: Players To Watch Out For From the EPL

After a surprising English Premier League season, look out for these players in Euro 2016

 

After a surprising English Premier League season, look out for these players in Euro 2016

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Everton’s Belgian International Lukaku will look to take his good form into Euro 2016 Photo Credits: thesun.co.uk

Belgium – Romelu Lukaku – Foward
Everybody is going to look out for the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale but there is this hunger about the Belgian star that is going to make him stand out during Euro 2016. Apart from being among the top three scorers in the EPL this season with 18 goals, only one behind this seasons star for Leicester, Jamie Vardy and four behind top goal scorer Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur. Reading passes well and creating goal opportunities from anything that comes his way, he definitely shows promise. And with help from in-form Kevin De Bruyne and the likes of Chadli, Januzaj, Hazard and Origi, the Belgian team will look to win as many games in the tournament and table toppers in Group E if Italy don’t do anything special.

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Arsenal’s Petr Cech will play an important role against the likes of Spain in Group D Photo Credits: telegraph.co.uk

Czech Republic – Petr Cech – Goalkeeper
Clearly a seasoned campaigner playing for the Czech Republic since his Under-15 days, the goalkeeper and captain of the national side will be a vital component of the Czech team between the posts in Group D which has Croatia, Spain and Russia to defend against. He is currently recovering from injury and him remaining fit to play in the tournament after two months is necessary for the Czech side whose goal scoring ability needs an equally formidable goalkeeper at the back, he’s done a decent job for Arsenal this season, it’s time to deliver for Czech Republic yet again, isn’t it?

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Leicester City’s top-scorer Jamie Vardy can prove to be England’s biggest chance at winning Euro 2016 Photo Credits: musictimes.com

England – Jamie Vardy – Forward
If you’re an ardent football supporter and EPL follower, you know why Vardy is on this list. He has had a dream season with Leicester City and being the second topmost scorer in the EPL with 19 goals, it is going to be interesting to see how he takes his club success at the International stage for England. The English have had a great side since all of us can remember but have faltered more often than we have expected. It was a tough call between Kane and Vardy but I had to pick the latter from his performance this season with the Foxes but that does not leave Hurri-Kane (Harry Kane) any far behind. If Leicester go on to win the league, he might just carry the form and help England win the championship for the very first time.

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Arsenal’s German playmaker Ozil’s assists will be necessary for Gomez and Muller Photo Credits: bleacherreport.net

Germany – Mesut Ozil – Midfielder
If there is one player that has kept Arsenal in the scoring books, it has to be Ozil with his brilliant gameplay and regular crosses into the box. We cannot ignore 18 assists this season for which he has received the moniker ‘Assist King’. The German maybe have slacked a bit in the latter part of the season but never fails to deliver when it matters most. Germany riding on their World Cup glory from 2014 will only look to extend their world dominance in football and Ozil seems to be the perfect player to create chances for Mario Gomez and Thomas Muller.

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Southampton’s Italian striker Pelle’s sturdy footing and scoring ability will prove vital or Italy Photo Credits: squawka.com

Italy – Graziano Pelle – Forward
If the English Premier League 2015 – 2016 has seen the rise of new stars like Vardy and Mahrez, then fans cannot ignore Pelle and his performance for Southampton this season. The Italian opened the Saints’ account this season after scoring against Newcastle in the opening match, he has gone on to score nine goals after that and helped Southampton stay seventh in the league. At 6 ft 4 inches, the towering striker is definitely an asset to the national team with his pace and accuracy along with his goal scoring ability on ground as well as in the air. It will be interesting to see how he plays against the likes of Belgium and Sweden who look to be the top contenders in Gtoup E.

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Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel’s experience will help Slovakia spring a surprise in Group B Photo Credits:whoateallthepies.com

Slovakia – Martin Skrtel – Defenders
He definitely might seem as a surprise inclusion in because he’s been there for a while.The centre-back is a promising player and is known to deliver when his side require it from him, be it those late equalisers or brilliant interceptions that prevent the opponents from scoring goals against him. The 31-year-old has also captained his side in the qualifying stages and defeated a formidable side like Spain to qualify for final tournament. His experience in the English Premier League will also count against sides like England and Wales in Group B.

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Manchester United’s De Gea exceptional reflexes will strengthen a formidable Spanish team Photo Credits: guim.co.uk

Spain – David De Gea – Goalkeeper
The once reigning champions are better this time around, while they have the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Juan Mata, David Silva, Santi Cazorla and the infamous Diego Costa, De Gea is hard to miss. Casillas is part of the team but definitely not first choice with De Gea around. If there is one person you can count on for a good performance in the Manchester United team today, it has to be the Spanish youngster apart from Rashford’s recent brilliance. He quick reflexes and ability with hands and feet make him the most important asset for Spain if they want to win Euro 2016. Deflecting, punching and saving those top corners convinces me that there is a brilliant performance in the waiting in this tournament.

These choices are strictly mine, would love to see your list of players 😀

EPL Fixtures 2014-15 – Released

EPL 2014-15 Fixtures

Courtesy: Nicetvonline.com
Courtesy: Nicetvonline.com

EPL 2014-15 Fixtures have just been revealed!! Check it out..

World Cup 2014 Brasil is definitely football’s biggest extravaganza and while everybody is busy supporting the likes of Brazil, Germany, Spain and England, the latter will be welcoming their most loved English Premier League just two months from now.

Well, we really excited for World Cup 2014 but really can’t wait for for EPL 2014-15 to start this August!

So all you Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal  and other club supporters gear up because the EPL 2014-15 fixtures have just been announced!!

Who do you’ll think will win EPL 2014-15 looking at these fixtures?

Drop in your comments to let me know

Well, I’m rooting for the Gunners as always but till then World Cup 2014 Brasil is up for grabs so don’t forget to watch this space out for more football updates!

EPL Fixtures 2014-15 (Courtesy- http://www.premierleague.com

16 August 2014

Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Burnley v Chelsea
Leicester City v Everton
Liverpool v Southampton
Manchester United v Swansea City
Newcastle United v Manchester City
Queens Park Rangers v Hull City
Stoke City v Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur

23 August 2014

Aston Villa v Newcastle United
Chelsea v Leicester City
Crystal Palace v West Ham United
Everton v Arsenal
Hull City v Stoke City
Manchester City v Liverpool
Southampton v West Bromwich Albion
Sunderland v Manchester United
Swansea City v Burnley
Tottenham Hotspur v Queens Park Rangers

30 August 2014

Aston Villa v Hull City
Burnley v Manchester United
Everton v Chelsea
Leicester City v Arsenal
Manchester City v Stoke City
Newcastle United v Crystal Palace
Queens Park Rangers v Sunderland
Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool
West Ham United v Southampton

13 September 2014

Arsenal v Manchester City
Chelsea v Swansea City
Crystal Palace v Burnley
Hull City v West Ham United
Liverpool v Aston Villa
Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers
Southampton v Newcastle United
Stoke City v Leicester City
Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur
West Bromwich Albion v Everton

20 September 2014

Aston Villa v Arsenal
Burnley v Sunderland
Everton v Crystal Palace
Leicester City v Manchester United
Manchester City v Chelsea
Newcastle United v Hull City
Queens Park Rangers v Stoke City
Swansea City v Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United v Liverpool

27 September 2014

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea v Aston Villa
Crystal Palace v Leicester City
Hull City v Manchester City
Liverpool v Everton
Manchester United v West Ham United
Southampton v Queens Park Rangers
Stoke City v Newcastle United
Sunderland v Swansea City
West Bromwich Albion v Burnley

4 October 2014

Aston Villa v Manchester City
Chelsea v Arsenal
Hull City v Crystal Palace
Leicester City v Burnley
Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion
Manchester United v Everton
Sunderland v Stoke City
Swansea City v Newcastle United
Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton
West Ham United v Queens Park Rangers

18 October 2014

Arsenal v Hull City
Burnley v West Ham United
Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Everton v Aston Villa
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Newcastle United v Leicester City
Queens Park Rangers v Liverpool
Southampton v Sunderland
Stoke City v Swansea City
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United

25 October 2014

Burnley v Everton
Liverpool v Hull City
Manchester United v Chelsea
Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa
Southampton v Stoke City
Sunderland v Arsenal
Swansea City v Leicester City
Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United
West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace
West Ham United v Manchester City

1 November 2014

Arsenal v Burnley
Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea v Queens Park Rangers
Crystal Palace v Sunderland
Everton v Swansea City
Hull City v Southampton
Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion
Manchester City v Manchester United
Newcastle United v Liverpool
Stoke City v West Ham United

8 November 2014

Burnley v Hull City
Liverpool v Chelsea
Manchester United v Crystal Palace
Queens Park Rangers v Manchester City
Southampton v Leicester City
Sunderland v Everton
Swansea City v Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City
West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United
West Ham United v Aston Villa

22 November 2014

Arsenal v Manchester United
Aston Villa v Southampton
Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion
Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Everton v West Ham United
Hull City v Tottenham Hotspur
Leicester City v Sunderland
Manchester City v Swansea City
Newcastle United v Queens Park Rangers
Stoke City v Burnley

29 November 2014

Burnley v Aston Villa
Liverpool v Stoke City
Manchester United v Hull City
Queens Park Rangers v Leicester City
Southampton v Manchester City
Sunderland v Chelsea
Swansea City v Crystal Palace
Tottenham Hotspur v Everton
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal
West Ham United v Newcastle United

2 December 2014

Arsenal v Southampton, 7.45pm
Burnley v Newcastle United, 7.45pm
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa, 8pm
Leicester City v Liverpool, 7.45pm
Manchester United v Stoke City, 7.45pm
Swansea City v Queens Park Rangers, 7.45pm
West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United, 8pm

3 December 2014

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur, 7.45pm
Everton v Hull City, 7.45pm
Sunderland v Manchester City, 7.45pm

6 December 2014

Aston Villa v Leicester City
Hull City v West Bromwich Albion
Liverpool v Sunderland
Manchester City v Everton
Newcastle United v Chelsea
Queens Park Rangers v Burnley
Southampton v Manchester United
Stoke City v Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace
West Ham United v Swansea City

13 December 2014

Arsenal v Newcastle United
Burnley v Southampton
Chelsea v Hull City
Crystal Palace v Stoke City
Everton v Queens Park Rangers
Leicester City v Manchester City
Manchester United v Liverpool
Sunderland v West Ham United
Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur
West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa

20 December 2014

Aston Villa v Manchester United
Hull City v Swansea City
Liverpool v Arsenal
Manchester City v Crystal Palace
Newcastle United v Sunderland
Queens Park Rangers v West Bromwich Albion
Southampton v Everton
Stoke City v Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley
West Ham United v Leicester City

26 December 2014

Arsenal v Queens Park Rangers
Burnley v Liverpool
Chelsea v West Ham United
Crystal Palace v Southampton
Everton v Stoke City
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United v Newcastle United
Sunderland v Hull City
Swansea City v Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City

28 December 2014

Aston Villa v Sunderland
Hull City v Leicester City
Liverpool v Swansea City
Manchester City v Burnley
Newcastle United v Everton
Queens Park Rangers v Crystal Palace
Southampton v Chelsea
Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United
West Ham United v Arsenal

1 January 2015

Aston Villa v Crystal Palace
Hull City v Everton
Liverpool v Leicester City
Manchester City v Sunderland
Newcastle United v Burnley
Queens Park Rangers v Swansea City
Southampton v Arsenal
Stoke City v Manchester United
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea
West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion

10 January 2015

Arsenal v Stoke City
Burnley v Queens Park Rangers
Chelsea v Newcastle United
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur
Everton v Manchester City
Leicester City v Aston Villa
Manchester United v Southampton
Sunderland v Liverpool
Swansea City v West Ham United
West Bromwich Albion v Hull City

17 January 2015

Aston Villa v Liverpool
Burnley v Crystal Palace
Everton v West Bromwich Albion
Leicester City v Stoke City
Manchester City v Arsenal
Newcastle United v Southampton
Queens Park Rangers v Manchester United
Swansea City v Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland
West Ham United v Hull City

31 January 2015

Arsenal v Aston Villa
Chelsea v Manchester City
Crystal Palace v Everton
Hull City v Newcastle United
Liverpool v West Ham United
Manchester United v Leicester City
Southampton v Swansea City
Stoke City v Queens Park Rangers
Sunderland v Burnley
West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur

7 February 2015

Aston Villa v Chelsea
Burnley v West Bromwich Albion
Everton v Liverpool
Leicester City v Crystal Palace
Manchester City v Hull City
Newcastle United v Stoke City
Queens Park Rangers v Southampton
Swansea City v Sunderland
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal
West Ham United v Manchester United

10 February 2015

Arsenal v Leicester City, 7.45pm
Crystal Palace v Newcastle United, 8pm
Hull City v Aston Villa, 7.45pm
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur, 8pm
Manchester United v Burnley, 7.45pm
Southampton v West Ham United, 7.45pm
West Bromwich Albion v Swansea City, 8pm

11 February 2015

Chelsea v Everton, 7.45pm
Stoke City v Manchester City, 7.45pm
Sunderland v Queens Park Rangers, 7.45pm

21 February 2015

Aston Villa v Stoke City
Chelsea v Burnley
Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Everton v Leicester City
Hull City v Queens Park Rangers
Manchester City v Newcastle United
Southampton v Liverpool
Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion
Swansea City v Manchester United
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United

28 February 2015

Arsenal v Everton
Burnley v Swansea City
Leicester City v Chelsea
Liverpool v Manchester City
Manchester United v Sunderland
Newcastle United v Aston Villa
Queens Park Rangers v Tottenham Hotspur
Stoke City v Hull City
West Bromwich Albion v Southampton
West Ham United v Crystal Palace

3 March 2015

Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion, 7.45pm
Hull City v Sunderland, 7.45pm
Liverpool v Burnley, 8pm
Queens Park Rangers v Arsenal, 7.45pm
Southampton v Crystal Palace, 7.45pm
West Ham United v Chelsea, 7.45pm

4 March 2015

Manchester City v Leicester City, 7.45pm
Newcastle United v Manchester United, 7.45pm
Stoke City v Everton, 7.45pm
Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City, 7.45pm

14 March 2015

Arsenal v West Ham United
Burnley v Manchester City
Chelsea v Southampton
Crystal Palace v Queens Park Rangers
Everton v Newcastle United
Leicester City v Hull City
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
Sunderland v Aston Villa
Swansea City v Liverpool
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City

21 March 2015

Aston Villa v Swansea City
Hull City v Chelsea
Liverpool v Manchester United
Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion
Newcastle United v Arsenal
Queens Park Rangers v Everton
Southampton v Burnley
Stoke City v Crystal Palace
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City
West Ham United v Sunderland

4 April 2015

Arsenal v Liverpool
Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea v Stoke City
Crystal Palace v Manchester City
Everton v Southampton
Leicester City v West Ham United
Manchester United v Aston Villa
Sunderland v Newcastle United
Swansea City v Hull City
West Bromwich Albion v Queens Park Rangers

11 April 2015

Burnley v Arsenal
Liverpool v Newcastle United
Manchester United v Manchester City
Queens Park Rangers v Chelsea
Southampton v Hull City
Sunderland v Crystal Palace
Swansea City v Everton
Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City
West Ham United v Stoke City

18 April 2015

Arsenal v Sunderland
Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers
Chelsea v Manchester United
Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion
Everton v Burnley
Hull City v Liverpool
Leicester City v Swansea City
Manchester City v West Ham United
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur
Stoke City v Southampton

25 April 2015

Arsenal v Chelsea
Burnley v Leicester City
Crystal Palace v Hull City
Everton v Manchester United
Manchester City v Aston Villa
Newcastle United v Swansea City
Queens Park Rangers v West Ham United
Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur
Stoke City v Sunderland
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool

2 May 2015

Aston Villa v Everton
Chelsea v Crystal Palace
Hull City v Arsenal
Leicester City v Newcastle United
Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers
Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion
Sunderland v Southampton
Swansea City v Stoke City
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City
West Ham United v Burnley

9 May 2015

Arsenal v Swansea City
Aston Villa v West Ham United
Chelsea v Liverpool
Crystal Palace v Manchester United
Everton v Sunderland
Hull City v Burnley
Leicester City v Southampton
Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers
Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion
Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur

16 May 2015

Burnley v Stoke City
Liverpool v Crystal Palace
Manchester United v Arsenal
Queens Park Rangers v Newcastle United
Southampton v Aston Villa
Sunderland v Leicester City
Swansea City v Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur v Hull City
West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea
West Ham United v Everton

24 May 2015

Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion
Aston Villa v Burnley
Chelsea v Sunderland
Crystal Palace v Swansea City
Everton v Tottenham Hotspur
Hull City v Manchester United
Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers
Manchester City v Southampton
Newcastle United v West Ham United
Stoke City v Liverpool