This is Payet range. What happened next bordered on the inevitable. This was textbook Payet, the latest in a glorious catalogue of free-kick beauties. He sent it right-footed, sweeping with clinical curl and precision into the top right-hand corner of the Russian goal.
It was a stunning strike — a mirror image of the one that beat Manchester United’s David de Gea in the FA Cup — and the sheer majesty of his execution continues to draw gasps of awe from those watching on.