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

France v Romania - Group A: UEFA Euro 2016

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.

 

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