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Payet couldn't control himself after scoring.

Dimitri Payet and his son's reaction to his wondergoal will make your day

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There may have only been one game of Euro 2016 played so far, but it's going to difficult to top Dimitri Payet's late strike for France in their 2-1 win against Romania, both in terms of quality of goal and the sheer emotional outpouring afterwards.

The West Ham man had a brilliant Premier League campaign, scoring nine times and laying on 12 assists to earn a nomination for the PFA Player of the Year.

Now, it looks as though he's carried that form over with him to the Euros. After teeing up Giroud for France's opener, Payet then took the game into his own hands, unleashing a 30 yard rocket that almost ripped the net after Romania had equailsed from the penalty spot.

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There was a brilliant moment after Payet had scored, when France boss Didier Deschamps subbed off the midfielder. Overwhelmed with the size of the occasion and what he'd just done, he broke down in tears in Deschamps' arms.

And, as if that wasn't emotional enough, French TV caught up withPayet's wife and his son after the game - you can check out their reaction in the video below. Asked by a reporter if his Dad was a good player, his son replied: ‘My Dad takes the best free-kicks in the world!’. He may well be right.

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Arsenal and France legend Thierry Henry described Payet's goal and subsequent reaction as coming from a place of 'hurt' after he was omitted from France's squad last October.

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"Tonight you saw a man who was hurt," Henry said. "He showed tremendous desire.

"That tells you how much he wants to play for France," added Henry, who helped France win the 1998 World Cup.

"He cried at the end of the game. He thought he was going to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He was involved in every qualifying game but they took that away from him.

"He was saying with that performance against Romania 'you didn't take me to the World Cup and I am going to show you'. He wanted every single ball.

"You can't win a game by yourself but that strike... oh my gosh. He showed tremendous desire. He was the one that drove the team forward."

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