Euro 2016 hosts France have secured passage to the knockout stage after late goals from Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet.
France missed a number of chances throughout the match before Griezmann struck in the 90th minute. Defender, Adil Rami delivered a cross from the right-hand side which Griezmann met with a glancing header to take the lead. Griezmann had replaced Olivier Giroud, who missed two clear-cut opportunities shortly before being substituted.
France’s manager, Didier Deschamps dropped Pogba and Griezmann to the bench and chose to start inexperienced wingers Kingsley Coman and Anthony Martial.
The hero of France’s first match, Dimitri Payet was named to start again and displayed moments of brilliance throughout the game.
Payet’s free-kicks were a constant threat, however his team-mates struggled to make efficient contact to the ball. He eventually chose to do the work himself, as he picked up the ball outside of the box before skipping past a defender and driving a low shot into the bottom corner after a counter attack.
The goal arrived in the final minute of stoppage time and was the last kick of the game.
Albania performed admirably for 89 minutes with their defence blocking the French attack.
France just scraped past Romania, 2-1 in the tournament’s opening match while Albania fell to Switzerland, 1-0.
Both of France’s narrow wins have been enough to guarantee a place in the last 16, which commences on the 25th of June. Albania will need a victory against Romania in the final group match if they are to secure a spot alongside France. – Patrick Staveley