Payet’s last-gasp strike saves France the blues in Euro 2016 opener

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 11, 2016 10:36 IST
A file photo of the Euro 2016 Trophy. (AFP Photo)

Dimitri Payet’s stunning 25-metre strike a minute from time got hosts France off to a winning start at Euro 2016 on Friday as they beat Romania 2-1.

Payet was France’s standout performer all night. His cross also created the opener for Olivier Giroud before Bogdan Stancu’s penalty looked to have handed Romania a point.

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Hosts France kicked off their Euro 2016 campaign against Romania on Friday with the host nation desperate for a ray of sunshine after being hit by strikes, floods and scandals in the build-up to the mega event.

France XI: Lloris, Sagna, Koscielny, Rami, Evra, Kanté, Matuidi, Pogba, Griezmann, Payet, Giroud.

Romania XI: Tatarusanu, Sapunaru, Grigore, Chiriches, Rat, Hoban, Pintilii, Stanciu, Popa, Stancu, Andone.

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