Betting: France show more function than fashion in Paris

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They may be favourites to win a third international trophy on home soil but Les Bleus' display against Romania at the Stade de France sees them remain as 3/1 shots

France got off to a winning start against Romania but Didier Deschamps' side needed a last gasp winner from man of the match Dimitri Payet to secure all three points from their opening Euro 2016 test in what was a particularly nervous encounter.

Romania certainly didn't look like 12/1 (13.0) outsiders for much of the game at the Stade de France which posed more questions about the hosts' title credentials than it answered. Betway have kept France steady as 3/1 (4.0) shots at the top of their outright winner market.

Bogdan Stancu missed two great chances to score for the underdogs and Deschamps' men struggled to cope with the Romanians' threat at set pieces before going ahead through Olivier Giroud who nodded home a cross from Payet. Patrice Evra conceded his first ever international penalty as the second half wore on and Stancu was on hand to covert before Payet's moment of brilliance settled the result in style.

The performance did little to silence the doubts that a defence missing Raphael Varane is good enough to repel opposition attacks and Switzerland and Albania will certainly be encouraged by how effective Romania's high intensity pressing was against Les Bleus.

Giroud had been well backed to finish as top scorer in the run up to the tournament and the 29-year-old is in to 7/1 (8.0) with Betway.

The big move was for Payet though, the dead ball specialist's spectacular long range strike has seen him cut to 20/1 (21.0) in the same market having been available at around 66/1 (67.0) prior to kick off. 

The West Ham star now leads the Player of the Tournament market at 5/1 (6.0) according to the odds compilers as Antione Griezmann and Paul Pogba failed to show their best form in front of an expectant home crowd in Paris and were replaced during the second half as Deschamps showed that reputations will do little for his players' chances of remaining on the field if they fail to perform.

There has also been a move for N'Golo Kante in the markets too, from 50/1 (51.0) to 33/1 (34.0) to be crowned Player of the Tournament after a metronomic display in the centre of the park which included an assist for the late winner, 91.86% passing accuracy and 10 recoveries, according to Opta's statistics.

The Leicester City midfielder has proved a sensational signing for the Foxes and on the evidence of Friday's game, the 25-year-old will have little problem reproducing that Premier League winning form on the international stage having forced his way into the starting line-up courtesy of several more impressive displays in the build up to the tournament.

Despite not producing their best against Romania, France are now just 2/11 (1.18) to top Group A and progress into the knockout stages where they will face a much sterner examination of their title credentials. Romania's qualification price has actually been cut to 5/6 (1.83) despite their defeat with the bookmakers clearly impressed by what they saw from Anghel Iordanescu's men.

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