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Slaven Bilic goes nuts in ITV studio after Dimitri Payet scores

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Another game for the Euro 2016 host France; another three points; another late winner; another fantastic performance from Dimitri Payet.

France appeared to be heading towards a disappointing draw against Albania in the Stade Velodrome on Tuesday night despite dominating proceedings.

That was until Antoine Griezmann scored a header in the 90th minute to seal all the points as well as a passage into the second round of the competition. Not to be outdone, Payet grabbed a second with the final kick of the game, and fans across the country erupted.

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But it appears as though no one was happier with Payet's curling effort than West Ham manager Slaven Bilic, who simply could not hide his allegiance in the ITV studio. Take a look at his reaction below.

It is clear that Bilic is rather proud of the player he signed from Marseille for £10.9m last summer. Payet, of course, was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year after a stunning debut season in the Premier League.

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Player of the tournament

He is now threatening to be named the player of the tournament during Euro 2016 and has well and truly outshined the world-class stars that Les Bleus thought they would be relying on. Indeed, both Paul Pogba and Griezmann started on the bench on Wednesday night after they both failed to perform against Romania.

Currently to top scorer at the competition, Payet appears to be having the same impact in the tournament that Zinedine Zidane had in the 1998 World Cup, which, of course, was played in and won by France.

Rather impressively, Payet has already created 14 chances for his team-mates. To put that in context, Zidane created 15 chances for France in Euro 2004, but that was after four games. Payet has played just two.

Pundit of the tournament

But while there is a long road ahead if Payet is to win the player of the tournament, Bilic has emerged as something of a star himself. ITV have used the Croatian manager plenty of times since the tournament started and there is a good reason for that: he provides excellent entertainment.

'Every day in training'

Speaking after the game, Bilic said of Payet: "He is brilliant at that. He knows what he’s doing.

"You all see it but I see it every day in training. He has a plan. I can go left, but if the defender goes a little bit, he cuts in.

"He needed to perform, and he has given them again another victory."

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