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Ireland 15

France 13

Johnny Sexton's remarkable drop goal after time helped Ireland win their NatWest 6 Nations opener 15-13 against France in Paris.

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Key moment: France replacement fly-half Anthony Belleau misses a 77th-minute penalty to seal victory in Paris and Ireland run the ball from deep, sniffing a final throw of the dice at 13-12 down.

Remarkably, they retain possession through 41 phases and into the 83rd minute, Johnny Sexton, who had missed a 63rd-minute penalty that was looking like a costly error, steps back into the pocket and launches a long-range drop kick towards the posts from behind the French 10-metre line.

The ball seems to take an age to reach the posts, but it flies between the uprights and Ireland have secured a famous victory.

Talking point: Ireland's 2018 Six Nations campaign is up and running with this opening-day victory. It was close, and defeat would have been disastrous for Irish hopes of regaining the title from England but a win, however, narrow, now gives them crucial momentum to take into next week's home game against Italy.

Key man: Johnny Sexton has to take the plaudits after kicking all his side's points with four penalties and then guiding his Ireland side from under their own posts through 41 phases to give hi the position to kick the match-winning drop goal. Priceless.

Ref watch: Nigel Owens presided over another dramatic victory having refereed an error-strewn rather than ill-disciplined game. He might have reached for a yellow card as France gave away a string of second-half penalties, Sebastien Vahaamahina the main culprit at the breakdown but it stayed 15 a side throughout.

Penalties conceded: France 10 Ireland 6

Injuries: France lost their debutant fly-half Matthieu Jalibert after 30 minutes, the 19-year-old hobbling off with a knee injury after a collision in contact with Bundee Aki.

Ireland then lost flanker Josh van der Flier in the 36th minute to a knee injury as he got stuck at the bottom of a ruck but otherwise appeared to escape further injury. French replacement scrum-half Anthony Dupont was removed for a Head Injury Assessment with four minutes to go.

Next up: Ireland return to Carton House to prepare for next Saturday's visit of Italy to the Aviva Stadium. Conor O'Shea's first Test visit to his homeland will be fraught with difficulty as the Italians have just a six-day turnaround. The Azzurri open their 2018 Six Nations account by hosting defending champions England in Rome's Stadio Olimpico.