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Olivier Giroud scores the first goal of Euro 2016

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Olivier Giroud scored the first goal of the 2016 European Championship.

The Arsenal striker headed home from Dimitri Payet’s cross in the 57th minute to ease the nerves inside the Stade de France.

However, they quickly rose again when Bogdan Stancu equalised from the penalty spot. After a foul by Patrice Evra, Stancu tucked the ball past Hugo Lloris. Scroll down the page to watch the goals.

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The first 60 minutes of the contest represented a typical game for Giroud. He missed a couple of good opportunities to score in the first half, getting mocked on social media in the process, but eventually silenced the critics.

After failing to break down a stubborn Romania defence in the first half, Giroud’s goal calmed nerves. France expects its talented team to go far in this tournament but failure to beat Romania in the opening game would heighten the pressure.

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Giroud's goal

Romania's equaliser

But they were quickly pegged back by their Group A opponents.

France’s defence has been highlighted as a potential weak link and Evra’s clumsy foul on Stancu will only add to the concerns.

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