Olivier Giroud had a big hand to play in France’s 2-1 win against Romania in the opening game of Euro 2016.
Giroud could have had a better game, to say the least. Despite scoring seven in five in the matches leading up to the Euros, the big man barely managed a touch against Romania. In fact, as you can see (or can’t) he touched the ball the least out of all his compatriots.
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Olivier Giroud Completed Passes for #FRA
1st minute (kick-off)
That's it! pic.twitter.com/Ww0enIEDzO
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Yeah… not good.
One of the decent touches he did have came in the second half but was ruled offside.
Giroud's lovely flick for Griezmann, sadly called back for offside pic.twitter.com/koKFDhtB8s
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In the second half, France picked up and so did Giroud, who scored in the 58th minute, thanks to a superb Dimitri Payet delivery into the box. It was a scrappy header but a goal nonetheless. Mesut Ozil was quick to congratulate his Arsenal team-mate.
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Less than 10 minutes later, Romania equalised through a penalty given away by former Manchester United defender, Patrice Evra, taking the wind out of France’s sails.
The second half was quiet until Payet scored a worldie minutes before the final whistle. Giroud pushed him over in celebration.
Meanwhile, Koscielny had a solid game, put in some good passes and generally didn’t put a foot wrong. As per usual.
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