UEFA.com: France vs Romania, - post-match press conference
Head coaches exchanged courtesies, saying game was tough for both of their teams
Didier Deschamps, France coach
It's good to have won. Romania aren't easy to play against – and we knew that. They give away a lot of fouls and defend well. We had chances but we gave them a few as well.
It was a tricky game, made complicated by Romania. The opening match of a tournament is a bit like playing a cup final, so perhaps we were a little timid. We ground out a victory, we put four attacking players on the pitch, and it was a wonderful goal from Dimitri Payet.
Not everything was perfect, far from it. Romania showed they are well organised and they caused us a lot of problems, but it's very important to start with a victory.
Anghel Iordănescu, Romania coach
We started the first half in excellent fashion and had a rare opportunity that the keeper was able to keep out. If we'd scored, that would have changed the whole match. At the start of the second period we got into their area a lot and unfortunately [Bogdan] Stancu missed another chance.
I'd like to congratulate my players for having implemented all the tactical instructions I gave them. I thank them for the quality of their play despite the fact we lost. It really hurts to lose in the 89th minute but it was a fabulous strike from a wonderful player.
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