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Thu , 27 Jun 2019



EURO 2012 - ENGLAND 1 - FRANCE 1

Samir Nasri's fine strike cancelled out a Joleon Lescott header to leave these old rivals with a point apiece from the Group D opener in Donetsk. French fears of a resolute England display proved founded as Roy Hodgson's men resisted their opponents' second-half pressure to claim a 1-1 draw in Donetsk, Samir Nasri having earlier brought Les Bleus level.

Hit by injuries and missing the suspended Wayne Rooney, England upset many predictions by taking the lead as Joleon Lescott buried a close-range header on the half-hour. Hodgson had himself sprung a surprise by naming Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in his starting XI, but it was Nasri, briefly the Arsenal FC man's team-mate, who rounded off the evening's scoring close to half-time to leave these old rivals with a point apiece.

Their breakthrough came from an entirely different route to goal, however. With a strike reminiscent of Frank Lampard's opener against Les Bleus at UEFA EURO 2004, Lescott leapt to head in Steven Gerrard's free-kick from wide on the right. And France nearly followed up with an identikit effort, Diarra connecting powerfully with Nasri's delivery and forcing Hart into an excellent save – then angling his second header wide after Franck Ribéry had kept the danger alive.