France 2-1 Romania: Payet the hero in Euro 2016 opener in Paris

first_img It was Romania who had the first big chance of the game, but Hugo Lloris made a fantastic save to deny Bogdan Stancu at the far post.  10/06/2016 Little appeared on when he picked up the ball on the edge of the area, but he managed to unleash an unstoppable left footed curler into the far corner.  However, man of the match Payet just had to have the final say.  The first half ended goalless, though, but the encounter would soon come to life after the break.  Second laters he was withdrawn to a standing ovation, tears beginning to fill his eyes as he became aware of the performance he had just produced and the occasion he had graced. Dimitri Payet was the star of the show as France scored a late winner to beat Romania in the opening game of the European Championships.  The West Ham midfielder created the opening goal of the match and scored a fine individual effort in the 89th minute, before leaving the pitch in tears after ensuring the hosts got their tournament off to winning start.  He was the only France player who appeared capable of getting between the lines and it was no surprise his cross led to the first goal of the evening, which was headed home by Olivier Giroud in the 57th minute.  Sport EN Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann then hit the post from a Payet cross, before driving a Paul Pogba pull back just wide.  Stancu made no mistake from the penalty spot and for the next 20 minutes it looked like the spoils would be shared. Romania responded well and they were handed a chance to equalise eight minutes later when Nicolae Stanciu was judged to be fouled by Patrice Evra in the area.  Upd. on 11/06/2016 at 01:18 CEST Payet, who may not even have been in Didier Deschamps squad, let alone starting, if it had been named three months ago, began to take charge of proceedings. last_img

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