Payet Spares France’s Blushes In Opening Match

Dmitri Payet
Dmitri Payet

The French team had Dmitri Payet to thank for sparing them blushes in the Euro 2016 opening match against Romania.

Considering the big names in both teams, many had expected a walk in the park for the hosts and a comprehensive beating for Romania.

The match itself was threatening to fizzle out into a very forgettable bore draw- nearing the half hour mark, it remained goalless, with Antoine Griezmann’s header against the crossbar the only spark in a dreary affair.

When the game came to life, it was through West Ham attacking midfielder Dmitri who dribbled past a defender before providing a beauty of an assist for Giroud who quickly put Les Blues ahead.

A few minutes later, Juventus defender Patrice Evra undid all the hard work when he conceded a silly penalty by tripping Stanciu. Bogdan Stancu stepped up and sent Hugo Lloris the wrong way to give Romania a chance to run away with the draw.


With the game nearing its closing minutes and with defenders backing off Payet at the edge of the box, he unleashed a beautiful and unexpected curling shot which went into the top corner and handed Les Blues a win in their opening match.