France 2-0 Albania Host nation France booked their place in the knockout stage of Euro 2016 after recording a late 2-0 win over Al...
France 2-0 Albania
Host nation France booked their place in the knockout stage of Euro 2016 after recording a late 2-0 win over Albania in Marseille.
France looked anything but Euro 2016 favourites as they struggled past a side ranked 42nd in the world, and were very nearly on the end of a major upset with Albania rattling a post.
But just as Albania looked set to register their first ever point at an international tournament, substitute Antoine Griezmann came to France’s rescue with less than a minute to go.
With 90 minutes almost up Albania’s rearguard finally slipped up, leaving Griezmann unmarked to head home Adil Rami’s cross.Cue the celebration.— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) June 15, 2016
Here is the goal by Antoine Griezmann that FINALLY won it for #FRA against #ALB.#EURO2016 https://t.co/oFFBzrzeCr
Then in stoppage time West Ham star Dimitri Payet, back on his old Marseille stomping ground, curled in his second goal in two matches to secure their place in the knockout stages.
Payet secures the win for France. 2-0 pic.twitter.com/f8sjEgnMOf— Terje (@TerjeGooner) June 15, 2016
Switzerland 1-1 Romania
Switzerland were left wanting in their 1-1 draw against Romania, who picked up their first point of Euro 2016 on Wednesday thanks to Stancu's 18th-minute spot kick.
Stephan Lichtsteiner pulled on Alex Chipciu's shirt inside the box, and it was left to Romania's front man to convert the resulting penalty and take his place as the tournament's current top scorer.
Romania actually looked like the more impressive outfit for long passages of the clash, but a Mehmedi bullet 12 minutes after the restart rescued a point for the Swiss.
Manager Angel Iordanescu's side picked up five yellow cards and were put to the sword at times in the second period, but their draw means a win against Albania could be enough to seal second place in the pool.
A win over the Romanians would have put Switzerland on two wins, but as things stand, Group A reads like an open book, and Albania in particular can still hold out hope of advancing following the result.That's how you get back into the game! Amazing equaliser by Admir Mehmedi. #ROU v #SUI continues LIVE on SS3/SS11. https://t.co/QukR4IGHL1— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) June 15, 2016