Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet secure late win

Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet secure late win

Antoine-griezmann-euro-2016_3484766Late goals from Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet saw France beat Albania 2-0 in Marseille on Wednesday and book their place in the last 16 of Euro 2016.

Having started the match on the bench along with Paul Pogba, it was Griezmann who made the breakthrough against a resolute Albania when he headed home in the 90th minute.

The hosts will now meet Switzerland on Sunday in a match that will decide who finishes top of Group A.

Despite having beaten Romania in their opener, Didier Deschamps decided to drop two of his star players, Griezmann and Pogba, and handed starts to Anthony Martial and Kingsley Coman.

But France were lacklustre in the first half and created little in the final third at the Stade Velodrome.

Olivier Giroud headed over an early Payet free-kick but Albania soon settled into the game and were relatively untroubled by the hosts, who they beat in a friendly last year.

While Albania did not create many chances of their own, they stifled France’s attacking threat, with Martial spurning the best opening when he took a touch in the box rather than shoot first time.

It was Albania who finished the first half on top, with Ermir Lenjani having a shot blocked from a corner and Ledian Memushaj curling a free-kick over the bar.

Deschamps introduced Pogba at the break in place of Martial, and France almost immediately took the lead as Coman headed wide.

Payet then made sure of victory deep into injury-time, finishing from inside the box.

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