Euro 2016: France need late goals to beat Albania 2-0, through to last 16

France beat Albania 2-0 in Marseille courtesy late goals by Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet to make their passage into the knockout stages.

By: Express Web Desk | Marseille | Published: June 16, 2016 2:59:14 am
France vs Albania, France Albania, France Albania Euro 2016, France vs Albania score, Euro 2016 scores, Euro 2016, Euro 2016 results, football Antoine Griezmann came off the bench to score for France in the 90th minute against Albania. (Source: UEFA Euro Twitter)

France booked their place into the last 16 of Euro 2016 being played in their home country with a 2-0 win over Albania at Stade Velodrome in Marseille. Substitute Antoine Griezmann scored in the 90th minute to give Les Blues a well fought lead and Dimitri Payet scored for a second game running to seal the result.

With the win, France has six points after two games while Albania, with zero points, stand bottom of the table.

Didier Deschamps started without Paul Pogba and Griezmann with a 4-2-3-1 formation as Anthony Martial and Kinglsey Coman came in for the duo. However, with little creativity on offer for the first 45 minutes, Pogba replaced the Manchester United forward Martial after the first half.

Olivier Giroud came close on numerous instances for France including hitting the post once off a Bacary Sagna cross but the goal continued to allude a packed and noisy stadium.

All that changed in the 90th minute when Griezmann leaped high inside the box and headed an Adil Rami cross in the corner of the goal to send fans including President Francois Hollande into celebration mode.

West Ham’s Payet scored a peach of a goal in the first game against Romania but this time he displayed composure to beat Etrit Berisha in Albania goal. After Andre-Pierre Gignac slipped and lost the ball momentarily in the final third, Payet ran forward and made his way into the box before cutting inside and curling into the back of the net.

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