Euro 2016 – Payet lights up Euros for France 

The 15th UEFA European Championship commenced after a wonderful opening ceremony with special guest, French DJ David Guetta.


It was an interesting starting 11 for the hosts France, as they started with Olivier Giroud, in an attacking 3 alongside Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet. France were slow starters and Romania had a glorious chance inside the first 3 minutes when a corner was flown in by Adil Rami and Bogdan Stancu came in at the far post to attack it and force Lloris into a fine reflex save. He really should have put Romania 1-0 up.

 As the match went on, France grew into the game and controlled possession. Griezmann had a couple of fine chances including a header that his the post and on the stroke of half time Giroud found some space in the box and headed over from a corner. Never team could break the deadlock.

The second half produced more action and 12 minutes in the half, Payet’s cross was headed in by Giroud to give France the lead. The stadium erupted and the noise level rose. 8 minutes later and Romania found themselves level when Patrice Evra gave away a penalty and Stancu put the spot kick away.

It is fair to say that Leicester City’s Ngolo Kante could have been named man of the match but it was Dimitri Payet who stole the show in the 89th minute when he picked the ball up from 30 years and released a vicious shot that flew into the top corner and left the Romanian goalkeeper rooted to the floor. It was a bit of genius and class from the West Ham player and a goal worthy of winning any match.



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