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Dimitri Payet Struck A Sublime Late Winner To Earn France A 2-1 Victory Over Romania

Dimitri Payet struck a sublime late winner to earn hosts france a 2-1 victory over group a rivals romania in the opening match of the european championship.

Payet crossed for olivier giroud to head france into a 57th-minute lead at the national stadium.

The lead lasted only eight minutes. France's shaky defence failed to clear their lines and stancu was chopped down by evra as he stormed into the box.

Bogdan stancu equalised from the penalty spot after a clumsy foul from patrice evra on nicolae stanciu.

Stancu was not to be denied by lloris from the spot as he calmly slotted the penalty into the bottom corner.

Deschamps reacted immediately to the equaliser by withdrawing griezmann for bayern munich's pacy winger kingsley coman. Juventus star pogba was also surprisingly sacrificed to make way for martial.

However, it was payet who made the difference was more as he cut onto his less favoured left-foot with time running down before unleashing a fearsome drive into the top corner.

And payet was in tears moments later when he rightly left the field to a standing ovation to be replaced by moussa sissoko in stoppage time.