A moment of class from France's Samir Nasri cancelled out England's bright start to Euro 2012 as the two favourites in Group D settled for a share of the points in a 1-1 draw at the Donbass Arena on Monday.
While both teams were satisfied to have avoided a losing start in Group D, the encounter, which offered few thrills, provided little real clue about either team's chances in the tournament.
Nasri responded to Joleon Lescott's headed opener for England after half an hour with a sizzling strike just before the break and neither side was able to truly take the initiative in the second half.
England, playing their first competitive match under new manager Roy Hodgson, were clearly the more pleased with the result - judging by the reaction of their players at the whistle.
"I am pleased this is over, the players have shown they can cope with games at this level," said Hodgson who has had just two friendly games in charge since the departure of Italian Fabio Capello.
His counterpart Laurent Blanc, who has restored some decorum as well as quality to the French team after the debacle at the World Cup two years ago, summed up the contest, which was played in humidity and heat, precisely.
"We were good enough to not lose the game but we weren't good enough to win it," he said.
In Image: England's Steven Gerrard, left, and John Terry applaud the supporters during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group D match between France and England in Donetsk, Ukraine, Monday, June 11, 2012.