#Euro2016: Lloris Heaps Praise on Payet

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France captain Hugo Lloris was delighted with Dimitri Payet, after he netted the winning goal in the 2-1 opener over Romania.

Stancu cancelled out Giroud’s opener from the penalty spot, and the game looked set for a draw.

Only for West Ham midfielder, Payet to score a bullet of a shot and secure all three points for les bleus.

“The most important thing was to get the three points,” Lloris said. “It was a tough game with a lot of pressure and we also felt quite a lot of tension in our team.

“Just when we thought we had got through the most difficult part, the Romanians were awarded a penalty and they scored. And then Dimitri Payet managed to save us all with this amazing goal.

“We managed to find the resources to win the game and we must congratulate Dimitri Payet, who scored a fantastic goal.

“Be it with France or West Ham, everybody knows how talented he is. Plus, it was good for him to kick-start his tournament. And we can sense that he is doing well and is full of confidence.

“Even if a win is always a team effort, you always need your top players to perform at their best.”

Lloris was forced into a crucial save in the first half of the contest as Romania took the game to the hosts in the early stages.

“[The save] is just a goalkeeper’s job, we always try to do our best for the team,” the Tottenham shot-stopper said.

“It is true that it prevented us from finding ourselves in a losing situation straight away, especially as that was a tough spell for us and we did not start the game as we wanted to.

“But as the game progressed, we took the upper hand.”

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