If you’re wondering why France are favourites to win the upcoming European Championships, you clearly didn’t watch their match against Cameroon.
Ok, they only won 3-2 but they showed glimpses of brilliance and proved they are going to be tough to beat in their own country this summer.
The moment of the match may have been Dimitri Payet’s magnificent last-minute free-kick which gave them the win but Paul Pogba also produced a moment of magic.
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The two sides were drawing 1-1 as half-time approached before the Juventus midfielder soon took centre stage. His magnificent quick feet saw his shrug off of his marker and create a yard.
With that yard, he produced an unbelievable cross right onto Olivier Giroud left foot. Of course, if the Arsenal striker had missed he wouldn’t even be talking about Pogba’s assist but he duly delivered with a brilliant volley.
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It was a sensational goal and served as a reminder to all competing nations in the European Championships that the French team will be extremely strong this summer.
Pogba is expected to be the star of the tournament this summer after his campaign for Juventus. The former Manchester United player helped the Old Lady win the domestic double and established himself as one of the best midfielders in world football.
He can enhance his ever-growing reputation even further by producing this kind of magic on the international stage this summer.
But, as mentioned earlier, Pogba’s assist wasn’t even the best moment during the 90 minutes. Payed won that award after this sensational strike:
After the match, Payet admitted there was now pressure on him every time he stepped over a free-kick.
“When you score one, then two, then three, the crowd expect that you score every time," he told L’Equipe, per Goal.com.
"That doesn't always happen, even though it worked again tonight.
"I don't know if my goal rescued us but it allowed us to win when their second goal had been a bit contentious.
"It was special for me to come back here to this stadium, where I spent two beautiful seasons. And I was happy to feel the fans get behind us."
With Payet, Pogba and Antoine Griezmann lining up for Dider Deschamps’ side, there’s no wonder that the hosts are favourites to win Euro 2016.
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