Dimitri Payet left the pitch in tears on Friday night as he was subbed having won the opening game for France with an absolute screamer.

France's forward Dimitri Payet (R) is congratulated by France's coach Didier Deschamps after scoring the 2-1 goal during the Euro 2016 group A football match between France and Romania at Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on June 10, 2016. France won the match 2-1. / AFP / PHILIPPE LOPEZ
France’s forward Dimitri Payet (R) is congratulated by France’s coach Didier Deschamps after scoring the 2-1 goal during the Euro 2016 group A football match between France and Romania at Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on June 10, 2016. France won the match 2-1. / AFP / PHILIPPE LOPEZ

Olivier Giroud had given the hosts the lead but Patrice Evra’s stupid tackle had handed the Romanians an unlikely lifeline from the penalty spot.

With the game heading for a 1-1 draw and Didier Deschamps facing the possibility of trial by media after only one game, Payet’s worldie saved his manager a world of pain.

So how did Olivier say thank you to his team mate?

This is how:

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