So old rivals England and France had to settle for a 1-1 draw on Monday.
Let’s have an indepth look at how this group D clash unfolded at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk.
Manchester City defender Jol Lescott opened the scoring on the half hour to leave Roy Hodgson’s men dreaming of the perfect start to their campaign.
The 29 year old capitalised on a defensive mistake by Alou Diarra to head past Hugo Lloris from close range after a pinpoint cross from England captain Steven Gerrard.
Les Bleus then pushed and eventually got the equaliser they deserved six minutes from half-time.
Florent Malouda’s searching run allowed Franck Ribery to tee-up Samir Nasri who was lurking on the edge of the box.
The former Arsenal winger took advantage of an English side standing too deep to hit a venomous shot which flew past Joe Hart into the bottom corner.
The draw extends France’s unbeaten international run to 22 games, while England remain unbeaten after three games under new coach Roy Hodgson.