Payet shines as France beat Sweden

Nov 11, 2016 - 10:13 PM France midfielder Dimitri Payet has starred as he scored one goal and set up another in a 2-1 victory over Sweden in a World Cup qualifying match at the Stade de France on Friday.

The visitors went ahead in the 54th minute through Emil Forsberg before Paul Pogba and Payet hit back with goals in the 58th and 65th minutes to put France on 10 points ahead of Sweden after four games.

A minute's silence was held before kickoff to mark the first anniversary of the Paris attacks that killed 130 people last year, when bars, restaurants and the stadium where France were playing a friendly against Germany were targeted.

French president Francois Hollande, who was also at the France v Germany game last year, attended Friday's match.

"We have to remember. One year ago, almost to the day, we were here for a friendly game and three bombs were detonated, with one man being killed," Hollande told French TV.

"We have to remember there were 130 people who died and hundreds of others who were injured. For them and for those who survived we must remember."

Security was tight, with 400 police officers deployed in and around the stadium but there were no incidents reported.

Les Bleus had their first clear chance in the 15th minute when Payet's curled shot was parried away by Robin Olsen.

However, after a lively opening 20 minutes, France faded while Sweden grew into the game, threatening with a couple of sharp counter attacks.

The visitors went ahead nine minutes into the second half, when Forsberg's 25-metre free kick flew past keeper Hugo Lloris.

France reacted swiftly, however, with Pogba heading home from Payet's free kick four minutes later.

In the 65th, Olsen fumbled a cross into the path of Payet, who coolly turned the ball home to give France the points.

Source: AAP

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