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Payet has been magic for France so far in Euro 2016.

Dimitri Payet has just almost scored the best goal at Euro 2016 so far

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Dimitri Payet has been far and away France's best player at Euro 2016 so far, and he almost provided a moment of pure magic again tonight.

The playmaker was rested for the clash against Switzerland in Lille, but emerged as a second-half sub to mix things up just when the game appeared to be meandering towards a 0-0 draw.

After a brilliant bursting run down the right-hand side from Moussa Sissoko, the Newcastle man floated a tempting ball into the box.

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Payet charged into the box at the back post to volley home emphatically - only to see his effort ricochet off the crossbar.

Had it gone in, it would have undoubtedly been the front runner for the best goal of the tournament - you can check out his effort below.

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France picked up two wins in their first two games of Euro 2016, but didn't exactly look convincing in either.

They battled their way to a 2-1 win against Romania in the tournament opener thanks largely to a piece of individual brilliance from Payet, and they were forced to rely on two late goals from the West Ham man and Antoine Griezmann in order to see off Albania.

Despite that, they are on course to end the group unbeaten as the tournament heads towards the business end.

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