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Payet gets winner as France mark anniversary of attacks


11-12-2016 12:55 BJT

To the pitch now and World Cup qualifying from Europe. France would be at home to Sweden, and before the match French President Francois Hollande would address the crowd at the Stade de France, marking the first anniversary of the attacks in the French capital that killed 130 people.

"First, we have to remember. A year ago, almost to the day, we were here, in this stadium, for a friendly football match, France against Germany. We have to remember: 130 people were killed, hundreds wounded. So, first to their memory, but also to all those who survived and for whom we have to act and remember, but also encourage, We've been preparing for that for many years, we are fighting against it, the threat is still here, but we will be stronger, France, between us and in the world," Hollande said.

On the pitch, players from the French and Swedish national teams stood facing each other, many with their heads bowed as they remembered the victims.

The winner of the match would move to the top of Group A

after a miserable nil-nil first half, Emil Forsberg put the visitors ahead nine minutes into the second half, with a brilliant free kick. His strike leaving the keeper stunned, almost as if he was performing the mannequin challenge.

But Les Bleus would have a free-kick of their own in the 57th minute, and Paul Pgba is able to head it home to even the score. The man united midfielder latching onto Dmitri Payet's cross to make it 1-1.
Less than 10 minutes later, the hosts are on the attack and take advantage of a bungled cross from the Swedish keeper, allowing Payet to fire it home. The goalie cannot hold on, and the ball squirts to Payet who slots in the winner. 2-1 the final.

So here is how things look in Group A. France are on top with 10 points, Sweden are three back, the underwhelming Dutch sit in third with four points.

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