In last night’s inaugural match of the Euros 2016, Dimitri Payet demonstrated what West Ham United fans have witnessed all season, that is he is a world class player. His dazzling form caught the attention of French manager, Didier Deschamps, whose faith in Payet was amply repaid last night, with his stand out performance in the host nation’s match against Romania.
Single-handedly creating eight chances against Romania, it was a cross from Payet, converted by Giroud that gave France the lead at 58 minutes. Stancu equalised for Romania after Patrice Evra brought him down in the box and they were awarded a penalty. As the match drew to a close, it looked certain to end as a 1-1 draw. However, having already been named ‘Man of the Match’ for his outstanding performance, Payet scored a stunning goal in the 89th minute, turning an otherwise mediocre performance from the hosts into success.
Leaving the pitch to a standing ovation, Payet was clearly emotional.
There was a lot of stress and a lot of pressure. If someone had told me it would have gone like that I wouldn’t have believed it.
All the emotion came out with the goal.