Euro 2016 results round-up: Germany win; England thwarted

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The opening weekend of the fifteenth European Football Championships saw France kick-off the event with a victory over Romania at the Stade de France.

'Le Bleus' took the lead through Arsenal's Oliver Giroud twelve minutes into the second half, although were pegged back eight minutes later when Bogdan Stancu converted a penalty.

Enter West Ham United's Dimitri Payet with the full-time whistle imminent as the impressive midfielder blasted a 25-yard stunner into the top corner to claim victory for the hosts.

Day two saw Switzerland squeeze past Albania despite being the dominant force in the match. Fabian Schar opened the scoring early on before Albania captain Lorik Cana was sent off for two bookable offences. The Swiss saw out the win without adding further to the scoresheet to get their campaign off to a good start.

Later that day, Wales became the first British team to gain three points in their opening match as goals by star man Gareth Bale and Hal Robson-Kanu counteracted a reply from Ondrej Duda.

Rivals England, whom Wales face on Thursday, dominated Russia over the ninety minutes and looked likely to triumph through a direct free kick by Tottenham's Eric Dier. A late equalizer by Russian veteran Vasily Berezutski, deep into injury time, snatched a point for Leonid Slutsky's men.

Sunday saw Luka Modric volley Croatia to a 1-0 win over Turkey before Poland did similar to Northern Ireland as Ajax forward Arkadiusz Milik scored the winner in the 51st minute.

World champions Germany rounded off the day with a 2-0 win over Ukraine in Lille. Shkodran Mustafi headed Germany into the lead after 19 minutes prior to a late strike by substitute Bastian Schweinsteiger, his first International goal since 2009, clinched the perfect start for coach Joachim Low.

Results:

June 10

France 2
Romania 1

June 11

Albania 0
Switzerland 1

Wales 2
Slovakia 1

England 1
Russia 1

June 12

Turkey 0
Croatia 1

Poland 1
Northern Ireland 0

Germany 2
Ukraine 0

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