France opened its Euro 2016 title quest with a dramatic 2-1 victory against Romania through a late goal from Dimitri Payet in what is definitely the best moment of the match.
With this initial win at the opening game of Euro 2016, host France earned three points putting its chances of advancing to next round in solid ground.
Here are the best moments of the match.
Dimitri Payet’s remarkable goal
Dimitri Payet’s 89th minute goal proves why French manager Didier Deschamps’ decision to pick Payet ahead of Antony Martial was the right choice.
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Payet quickly adjusted when the Romanian digress from its expected play of packed, park-the-bus style of Romanian defense.
Payet often became a fourth midfielder and was a constant threat on set pieces. His link-ups with Olivier Giroud were almost on cue. The decision to keep him on after the equalizer, sacrificing Paul Pogba instead, was also a big one and proved right, according to ESPN FC post-match analysis.
Romania’s Game Plan Did Not Work
During the qualifying rounds for the Euro 2016, Romania has the reputation of a team that conceded little, took the lead and controlled games. However this was not the case when facing France this time. .
This resulted to Pogba and Blaise Matuidi having limited time to think and create. It forced Payet to come deep to help out.
Giroud’s Brave Header
The first half of the match saw both teams failing to convert opportunities into goal but the brave header Olivier Giroud at the 57th minute, gave France the lead.
Romania Equalized Quickly
After Giroud scored for France, Romania answered back with an equalizer 8 minutes later through Bogdan Stancu, who tucked away a penalty after Nicolae Stanciu was tripped by Patrice Evra in the box, Sky Sports reports.
It looks like the match will end into a draw until of course Payet’s stunning 89th minute goal.
Payet left in tears
In a poignant moment of the match, Payet, who was France’s best player throughout the game, left the field in tears after he was substituted deep into added time, clearly caught up by the emotion of the moment.