Euro 2016 on 200%: France vs Romania… Live!
Good evening everybody, and welcome to the very start of the 2016 European Championships. Tonight, the tournament kicks off – pun both intended and unintended – with a match between the host nation, France, and Romania. We’ll have half an hour or so of opening ceremony to struggle through before it starts, so be prepared for that, and the teams should be with us about an hour before kick-off. France, of course, qualified automatically as hosts, and are amongst the favourites to win the whole shebang, with a team that combines youth and experience, from Anthony Martial to Patrice Evra. They won their last four friendly matches in a row – scoring thirteen goals in the process – and their last defeat came at Wembley against England in November, a match that was completely overshadowed by the events in Paris at the end of the week before.
Romania, meanwhile, qualified by finishing second in Group F of the qualifying rounds behind Northern Ireland, with fellow qualifiers Hungary finishing in third place and eventually qualifying through the play-offs. Their qualifying round was based on a parsimonious defence, and the obvious concern is that eleven goals in ten matches in qualifying doesn’t translate particularly well when we look to them taking on more accomplished opposition, into which France most definitely fall. With Albania and Switzerland to play after this and the four best third-placed teams to qualify for the second round of the competition, though, they may well be forgiven for feeling confident that they can still edge through even in the event of defeat this evening.
Anyway, we’ll be back at seven o’clock (UK time) with all the fun and frollocks from Paris, team news, and a brief look forward to what you can look forward to on 200% over the next few weeks. It’ll be an absolute blast. I promise.
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