France 2-1 Romania: Dimitri Payet scores spectacular late winner to save blushes of nervy Euro 2016 hosts in tournament opener
- Updated: June 10, 2016
They’ve got Payet. Dimitri Payet. And for that reason alone, France began their tournament with a gloom lifting win.
Left foot curled in from 25 yards after 89 minutes. He’s been scoring them like that all season, although not many quite of this importance, but it was no more than he deserved. Taken off in added time, he was crying, overcome with emotion and it was entirely understandable. So long on the periphery in his own country he was the best player on the field here by a mile.
- Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in the 57th minute with brave headed effort to put hosts in lead
- Romania levelled the scoreline with 25 minutes to go after Patrice Evra committed a clumsy foul on Nicolae Stanciu
- Bogdan Stancu kept his cool to beat Hugo Lloris from the penalty spot however they failed to hold on to lead
- Dimitri Payet scored from long range in the 89th minute to ensure hosts started the tournament with a victory
As for the scorer of France’s first goal, Olivier Giroud, well, he had to get one eventually. Unfortunately, it was the barrow load he missed that will be most discussed, having come so close to costing France two points. (MARTIN SAMUEL FOR THE DAILY MAIL)