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Payet delivers host France win in Euro 2016 opener

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France opened its 2016 European Championships tournament with a 2-1 win against Romania after a stunning late goal by Dimitri Payet avoided a disappointing start for the home nation.

France took a 1-0 lead in the 58th when Olivier Giroud headed in a cross from Payet but that lead only lasted seven minutes. That’s when Romania forward Bogdan Stancu slotted in from the penalty spot.

Payet, however, curled in a shot off his left foot in the 89th for the game winner.

The opening day was marred by riots in Marseille, where fans clashed with police.

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Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 News Director Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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