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

Hosts France kick off their Euro 2016 campaign against Romania on Friday.

euro 2016 Updated: Jun 11, 2016 10:36 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
France vs Romania,Euro 2016,Paul Pogba
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.

Read | Dimitri Payet stunner gives France 2-1 win over Romania in Euro 2016 opener

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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First Published: Jun 11, 2016 00:09 IST