Dimitri Payet’s late goal helps Euro hosts France past Cameroon
West Ham’s Dimitri Payet scored a last-gasp wonder free-kick to help Euro 2016 hosts France snatch a dramatic 3-2 victory over Cameroon on Monday.football Updated: Jun 08, 2016 16:26 IST
West Ham’s Dimitri Payet scored a last-gasp wonder free-kick to help Euro 2016 hosts France snatch a dramatic 3-2 victory over Cameroon on Monday.
The attacking midfielder stepped up on the stroke of regulation time to curl a magnificent free-kick past Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa.
France opened the scoring through Paris Saint-Germain’s Blaise Matuidi before Cameroon immediately drew level thanks to Porto striker Vincent Aboubakar.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud handed the home side the lead again just before half-time, Eric Choupo Moting equalising before Payet’s cherry on the cake.
“There are things we can improve but it was our first match after a long period without competition for some players,” said France coach Didier Deschamps.
“It’s the first game that Adil Rami and Laurent Koscielny have played together in a long time and we were up against a quality team.
“Cameroon played in a new system with power and speed in midfield and up front,” said Deschamps, adding: “I wasn’t expecting perfection, but the spirit is there.”
Cameroon coach Hugo Broos said: “For me the score is 2-2 because we were only beaten by a magnificent free kick by Dimitri Payet, a real talent.
“The players can be proud of their performance. I hope we keep this same spirit against Mauritania (African Cup of Nations qualifier).”
France, who play Scotland in Metz on June 4 in their final warm-up match, open their Euro campaign against Romania on June 10.