Antoine Griezmann of France (R) in action against Vlad Chiriches (C) of Romania during the Euro 2016 group A football match between France and Romania at Stade de France in Paris, France on June 10, 2016. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Dimitri Payet produced a sensational late goal to ensure tournament hosts France started Euro 2016 with a 2-1 win over Romania.
The game seemed to be headed for a draw after Bogdan Stancu’s penalty levelled Olivier Giroud’s opener, but Payet sent the Stade de France into raptures with an 89th-minute winner.
Romania should have been in front inside four minutes. Nicolae Stanciu floated a corner in from the left, it was flicked on and fell to Stancu completely unmarked in the six-yard area — but he somehow shot straight at Hugo Lloris with the goal at his mercy and France scrambled it behind for another corner.
Florin Andone got to the corner first, but his header only looped onto the roof of the net.
It was France’s turn to be on the attack in the 10th minute, Giroud heading inches wide after Payet had crossed to the near post.
France were improving, Antoine Griezmann heading against the post after reacting to a loose ball in the 14th minute.
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