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Euro 2016: France become first team to reach knockout round after 2-0 win over Albania

Antoine Griezmann got redemption while Dimitri Payet got another goal as France beat Albania 2-0 to secure a spot in the Euro 2016 knockout round.

The game was scoreless for almost 90 minutes when Griezmann finally broke through, helping to avoid what would have been a stunning draw for the Euro host nation. In the final seconds of the game, Payet added a second goal to seal the victory and extend France’s goal differential advantage over second-place Switzerland.

Dimitri Payet France 6-15

France were able to beat Romania 2-1 last week thanks to a goal from Olivier Giroud and an 89th minute dazzling strike from Payet.

During that game though, Antoine Griezmann played very poorly and was benched for the match against Albania. But he came off the bench in the final 25 minutes for Kingsley Coman and redeemed himself with the tie-breaking score.

Les Bleus will play Switzerland on Sunday with the winner of that match deciding the winner of Group A.

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