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France Win 2-1 Against Romania in Euro 2016 Opener 

France midfielder Payet scored a stunning late winner with a strike from 20 metres, winning the match for France

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France’s Antoine Griezmann, left, heads the ball to hit the bar during the Euro 2016 Group A soccer match between France and Romania. France won 2-1. (Photo: AP)

France midfielder Dimitri Payet scored a stunning late winner with a strike from 20 metres as the hosts beat plucky Romania 2-1 in the opening game of Euro 2016 on Friday.

Olivier Giroud had put France ahead with a header in the 57th minute but Romania equalised with a penalty by Bogdan Stancu eight minutes later and looked to be heading for a draw.

Anthony Martial upped the tempo for France when he came on as a substitute for Paul Pogba with 13 minutes left but Payet was the game’s stand-out performer and he curled a beautiful left-foot shot into the top corner in the 89th minute.

The win puts France top of Group A on three points, with Albanian and Switzerland due to meet in Lens on Saturday.

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