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France 4-2 Russia All Goals


Dimitri Payet had only been on the pitch a matter of moments when he stepped up to a dead ball in the 63rd minute of this game. It was nearly 37 yards from goal and firmly central.

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.