When English captain Steven Gerrad’s free kick was expertly headed into the goal by Lescott, it looked like England was all set to overcome the French contest and get a strong foothold in Euro 2012. But the joy lasted only 6 minutes. Nasir was set up by Frank Ribery for a shot which the English goalkeeper Joe Hart had no hope of stopping. An equalizer came and the score was brought up to 1 goal each. Disappointingly, the French muddled up a number of other potential shots and fans had to be content with a draw match.
English fans however seemed elated by the result after expecting much less from their team against the stronger French unit.