Every tournament has it’s share of surprises. From teams and player performing miracles and exceeding expectations, to shocking exits from world-class teams.
Euro 2016 has been no different so here are eight of the most shocking moments from the tournament’s group stage…
8. All Hail King Payet
Dimitri Payet had impressed all season for West Ham in the Premier League, but there were doubts as to whether he would be given a starting spot in Didier Deschamps’ side for France’s opening game against Romania.
Payet was given his opportunity, and he made the most of it, putting in a man of the match performance and scoring the winning goal with a thunderbolt minutes from time. The ovation he received as he left the pitch a moment later was an emotional one for both Payet and every football fan watching, and in that moment he completed the journey from relative unknown to national hero.