A Bogdan Stancu penalty put Romania level and they looked like they left with a share of the spoils before Payet struck his stunning late victor, beautifully curling a left-foot shot into the top corner of the net to delight the home fans.
“France have not played in official matches for two years, there was a lot of apprehension”, the Juventus defender said post-game. The fact we won like that shows there won’t be any easy matches and we have to go out and win matches. “Several people have told me that I play better through adversity, but I don’t always want to have to be fighting against the mudslingers”, Giroud said Saturday at France’s training camp in Clairefontaine on the Paris outskirts.
In the pursuit of victory, Deschamps brought on the promising Kingsley Coman – to become France’s youngest ever player at a major tournament – and Anthony Martial, but it was Payet, for so long far from the manager’s plans, who proved their inspiration.
“By keeping Dimitri Payet in the heart of the midfield, we had to take off a midfielder”.
“We would like more growth in the years ahead at Air France than at KLM”, said Veronique Damon, General Secretary of the SNPL union at Air France.
“We struggled to get out the blocks but the reward was at the end”.
“The most important thing was to get the three points tonight”.
After two months of massive strikes and demonstrations against labor laws, Lambert said it “worries us because it could affect the mobility” of teams, referees and supporters.
Add that goal to his assist for Giroud, and Payet was deservedly awarded Man of the Match, leading him to suggest that he “would not have believed” any sort of predictions that this would happen.
Griezmann went close again before the break when he steered Payet’s fierce low cross towards goal.
A man takes evasive action during clashes between police and England supporters in downtown Marseille, France, Friday, June 10, 2016. We had chances but we gave them a few as well. With the 2-1 lead in the 89th minute, that was enough for France to walk away from the match with their objective fulfilled.
The veteran tactician concedes he now has a job on his hands to pick his players up for their next Group A encounter against Switzerland.
Anghel Iordanescu (Romania coach): “We started the first half in excellent fashion and had a rare opportunity that the keeper was able to keep out”.
“Be it with France or West Ham, everybody knows how talented he is”. If you’d been in the dressing room you’d have seen just how disappointed the players were. They were tears of joy, and also recognition of the journey travelled by a player who has flourished since his worldwide recall in March 2016.