Dimitri Payet scores magnificent free-kick for France

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David Beckham, Juninho Pernambucano and Andrea Pirlo are just three players that could be described as deal-ball specialists.

The trio have scored plenty of goals from free-kicks during their career and there was always expectation whenever they stood over the ball.

But there’s another player we need to start adding to that illustrious list - Dimitri Payet.


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The West Ham midfielder wowed the Premier League with some incredible free-kicks this campaign and he’s emulating his skill on the international stage.

In March, he scored a brilliant free-kick from 30-yards against Russia but his effort against Cameroon on Sunday night may be his best strike yet.

With the scores level at 2-2 with just 30 seconds of normal time remaining, the 29-year-old placed the ball 30-yards out on the right. There were plenty of players in the box waiting for a cross, something that the Hammer would surely produce.

But Payet had other ideas and curled the ball magnificently into the far top corner - outrageous.

He’s scored some spectacular free-kicks this term - most notably against Manchester United and Crystal Palace - but this one could be his best yet.

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France had led from Blaise Matuidi but Vincent Aboubakar equalised for the away side just two minutes later.

Oliver Giroud regained the lead just before half-time with a volley from a magnificent Paul Pogba assist but Maxim Choupo-Moting appeared to earn a draw in the 88th-minute.

But then it was time for Payet’s sensational strike.


After the match, the Frenchman admitted that he is now expected to score from every free-kick.

"When you score one, then two, then three, the crowd expect that you score every time," he told L’Equipe, per

"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."

Payet had a magnificent debut season in England after signing for West Ham last summer. His 12 goals in 38 matches in all competitions saw Slaven Bilic’s finish seventh and qualify for next season’s Europa League.

With France having the likes of Payet, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann in their squad ahead of Euro 2016, it’s no surprise that the hosts are favourites for glory.

A warning to all defenders at the competition - don't give away a free-kick anywhere near your goal against Didier Deschamps’ side.

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