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France beat debutants Albania in Euro 2016

Late goals from Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet booked hosts France’s place in the last 16 of Euro 2016 after overcoming stiff resistance from European Championship debutants Albania.

Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann came off the bench in Marseille to head the opener in the 90th minute before West Ham United’s Payet strengthened his reputation by smashing home a second deep into stoppage time.

“We needed a win to qualify, and it’s done,” Griezmann told French television.

“The coach had told me that I would be a substitute. I knew it and I wanted to do what I had to do once I got on.”

Payet also struck a late winner as France opened the tournament with a nervy 2-1 win over Romania.

Two leave-it-late wins left doubts about whether Didier Deschamps‘s side’s can repeat the feats of French sides past at the 1984 Euros and 1998 World Cup by winning on home soil.

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