• Dimitri Payet nets stunning strike on 89 minutes to seal France win
  • Olivier Giroud gave hosts lead with second half header
  • Romania levelled through Bogdan Stancu from penalty spot after Patrice Evra foul
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And that's it. Dimitri Payet, by some distance the best player on the pitch tonight, has sealed victory for the competition hosts in marvellous fashion. We've become accustomed to seeing him finding the net from range over the past year, but he's added another here that may have just settled Goal of Euro 2016 already.

Dimitri Payet
Payet scores stunning 89th minute winner. Getty


FULL TIME: France 2-1 Romania


And with that, Payet's night over, he is replaced by Moussa Sissoko. The Newcastle midfielder has the chance to settle it on the break, but under pressure from his marker, he fires wide from a tight angle.


PAYET! That is superb from the West Ham playmaker. France shift the ball around patiently before it is slipped into their best player on the night on the edge of the box. His first touch prods it past his marker, his second rifles the ball into the far top corner via a wonderfully, unstoppable clean strike. A sublime goal that looks to have settled this game.


Goal! France 2-1 Romania (Dimitri Payet, 88)


Just two minutes plus added time left in this game.

Paul Pogba
Pogba subbed by Deschamps. Getty

Paul Pogba, the poster boy for Euro 2016, was replaced by Anthony Martial.


Romania have a free kick that Torje whips into the box. Grigore is up from the back and is a whisker away from making contact, but the offside flag is up anyway.


Another change for Romania, Gabriel Torje replaces Stancu.


France surge forward again with Martial leading the charge. He prods it onto Giroud who holds the ball up before shifting it back to the Manchester United forward. It sits up nicely for him, urging Martial to shoot first-time, but his effort is comfortably saved.


Chiriches shows some neat footwork to take the ball down on the half way line and shift the ball forward to Hoban. He carries the ball forward and lets fly with a shot from almost 30 yards out that sails well wide.


Anthony Martial is coming on and he will replace... Paul Pogba? The rather bemused looking Juventus midfielder comes off for the Manchester United forward.


Bogdan Stancu's penalty kick drew Romania level. 15 minutes left at the Stade de France.


France are applying pressure now with a neat move freeing Evra down the left. Grigore leaps across to nut the ball away before Giroud can get onto it, however.


More brilliance from Payet, plucking the ball out of the air, flicking it ahead of him before nutmegging his marker. He shifts the ball onto Evra who is firmly stopped in his tracks, catching an accidental elbow square in the mush from Hoban. France free kick,


Here's Romania's first change, Alexandru Chipciu comes onto replace Stanciu.


France appeal for a penalty of their own as Giroud goes down under pressure from his marker in the box, but the ref is having none of it. Moments later, the Arsenal striker is shown a yellow card for his role in an aerial challenge challenge with Grigore.


Didier Deschamps responds to that equaliser by throwing on Kingsley Coman, who replaces Griezmann.


Oh, Patrice. What are you doing?! Stancu tries to power his way into the box but isn't really in control of the ball. Evra instead helps him out, sticking a leg out and sending the Romania striker sprawling to the floor.

The man who won the penalty and missed two great chances at the start of both halves steps up to take it and coolly drills it into the bottom corner. Game on.


Goal! France 1-1 Romania (Bogdan Stancu, 64)


PENALTY - Romania

Olivier Giroud

Giroud towered above Tătăruşanu to give France the lead.

Olivier Giroud

Giroud towered above Tătăruşanu to give France the lead.


France almost work a second as Payet thumps another superb free kick into the box that Giroud brilliantly reaches, flicking it back to Pogba to his right. The ball doesn't ball right for him however and Romania quickly crowd the Juventus midfielder and clear the danger.