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Summary

  1. France through to last 16 of Euro 2016
  2. Griezmann & Payet get late goals for France
  3. Romania 1-1 Switzerland in earlier game
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By Gary Rose, Tom Rostance and Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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Are France showing the signs of being potential tournament champions? Two games, two scorelines that have flattered them but in the end they have the points that see them into the last 16. Slow starters to come on strong?

That's all from us but we will be back again with Euro 2016 coverage tomorrow as we build up to England versus Wales. You won't want to miss it! See ya.

Dimitri Payet secures France win late on
France's Dimitri Payet scores late in the game to seal a 2-0 win over Albania and ensure qualification from Group A.

What's on tomorrow?

Here's what coming up tomorrow. A cracking day of games:

14:00 BST: England v Wales - BBC One, 5 live and online

17:00 BST: Ukraine v Northern Ireland - 5 live and online

20:00 BST: Germany v Poland - 5 live and online

How the table looks

Table
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This is how the table looks. France are definitely through and have the chance to cement first place when they play Switzerland in their final group game on Sunday.

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George: You could look at France in two different ways. Either they're struggling to beat the lesser nations and getting fortunate late goals, or, they are showing signs of champions by going until the end...

John Motson

BBC commentator on BBC Radio 5 live

"Full marks to Albania, what a performance. Not just defensively, they could have taken the lead, but France have put a platform down I think."

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David Simpson: No way Griezmann misses out on the first 11 in the third game.

Greg Morter: Harsh on Albania but decent header by Griezmann who should have played from the start.

Lawrence Eghe Egun: Heartbreak for Albenia. Totally deserved a draw.

Payet again. What a player! Best player in the tournament so far. #FRAALB

A Hammer blow for West Ham?

France 2-0 Albania

A group of people you can be fairly certain were not celebrating that second goal were West Ham fans. Another goal, another few million added to his price tag but someone will surely be willing to make the move.

Payet the player of the tournament?

Payet again. Arguably player of the tournament so far. Great finish. France leave it late again. Hosts not fluid, not great but winning.

France 2-0 Albania

I think we can safely say we are unlikely to see Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba left out of the France starting XI in future...

France 2-0 Albania

Neil Lennon

Hibernian manager in Marseille for BBC Radio 5 live

"You have to have sympathy for Albania. After going 1-0 down so late they went for it. Dimitri Payet does what he's so good at. It's an absolute beauty, bent past the keeper."

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Johnny Magrinho: Wish I'd gone to France. The atmosphere here in central London is phenomenal. My second team is certainly France. I'm blue!  

John Roy: 90th-minute man again! Payet.

Stephen Hook: Very harsh on Albania.

France through to the knockout stages

With that win, France are the first side to progress to the last 16 having taken maximum points from their two games so far.

FULL-TIME

France 2-0 Albania

Well, where did that come from!

Dull, dull, dull game for 89 minutes and then an explosive five minutes. 

Albania coach Giovanni de Biasi sits on his chair in the dugout starting ahead in disbelief. No, we don't quite know what happened there either, Giovanni.

France 2-0 Albania

Neil Lennon

Hibernian manager in Marseille for BBC Radio 5 live

"Albania are dead on their feet, they'd given everything. With the amount of pressure that had been coming, it was eventually going to wear them down. It's heartbreaking for them though."

GOAL - France 2-0 Albania

Dimitri Payet

Dimitri Payet secures France win late on

Albania's previously packed defence is left exposed as they push forward for an equaliser and France hit them on the break to put gloss on the scoreline. It's Dimitri Payet who bags, turning one of the few defenders in the box before launching into the bottom corner.

Payet goal
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France 1-0 Albania

Albania coach Giovanni de Biasi smacked the arm of his assistant when that goal went in. Fortunately, his assistant's arm is the size of Jersey, so he barely flinches. 

Albania had almost done the perfect job on France.

France 1-0 Albania

Neil Lennon

Hibernian manager in Marseille for BBC Radio 5 live

"Albania had given so much. The fans can be so proud of them. But the body language of those players was giving it away: the energy levels had just gone. 

"France will have to play much better than this."

France 1-0 Albania

So harsh on Albania, who defended superbly throughout but they let their concentration slip at the crucial moment. They've got five added minutes to somehow find an equaliser.

GOAL - France 1-0 Albania

Antoine Griezmann (90 mins)

Antoine Griezmann scores late for France

Heartbreak for Albania but finally for France! Antoine Griezmann provides the perfect response to being left out of the starting XI by heading home Adil Rami's cross. 

The stadium erupts into noise as frustration turns to relief.

Griezmann goal
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France 0-0 Albania

Neil Lennon

Hibernian manager in Marseille for BBC Radio 5 live

"For all the chances France have had... I still can't recall Berisha having to make a save in the Albania goal."

YELLOW CARD

France 0-0 Albania

Ermir Lenjani has delved into his energy reserves to threaten a break on the counter but N'Golo Kante takes one for the team by halting his run on the left. Free-kick and a yellow for the France midfielder.

France 0-0 Albania

We are into the 87th minute. That's when Dimitri Payet bagged a winner in France's opener.

Could there be similar late drama on the cards in this game? France are on the attack...

SUBSTITUTION

France 0-0 Albania

Another change for Albania as Frederic Veseli is sent on for Arlind Ajeti. A fresh pair of legs in defence. Can they hold on?

France 0-0 Albania

Neil Lennon

Hibernian manager in Marseille for BBC Radio 5 live

"Albania are giving it everything, getting bodies back in numbers. I still think there's a late twist in this game. I think France will nick one."

France 0-0 Albania

N'Golo Kante lets fly from outside the box, it deflects off a defender and goes just wide.

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Adeyayo: France showing utmost mediocrity!

David Simpson: It's not a night for Arsenal players to finish chances is it?

France 0-0 Albania

Into the final 10 minutes. Can Albania hold on for a famous draw.

Perhaps they could even nick it...?

France 0-0 Albania

Neil Lennon

Hibernian manager in Marseille for BBC Radio 5 live

"Glorious opportunity for Koscielny, he even had time to take it down. Albania just want to slow this game down, take the sting out of it. They're like a boxer on the ropes, the energy levels are really down, but France can't put them away."

YELLOW CARD

France 0-0 Albania

Second yellow card of the game as Amir Abrashi  is booked for a foul. France free kick midway inside the Albania half. Dimitri Payet fires the ball into the area and it just misses Laurent Koscielny's head. 

Are we going to go an entire game without a shot on target?

Abrashi yellow card
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Olly Hume: France Kante even Payet for a N'Golo...

France 0-0 Albania

Neil Lennon

Hibernian manager in Marseille for BBC Radio 5 live

"Wow, Giroud coming off. All positive substitutions form Deschamps. Albania are happy to take the draw. It's all about France now. Can they get their goal?"

SUBSTITUTION

France 0-0 Albania

Olivier Giroud pays the price for his misses as he is brought off and on comes Andre-Pierre Gignac. He spent five years at Marseille from 2010-15 and gets a cracking reception as he comes on.

Gignac substitution
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France 0-0 Albania

Despite a recent flurry of chances we still have not seen one on target. 

That means this game now officially holds the record for going the longest without an effort on target since Opta started recording such stats in 1980. 

Giroud frustrated
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SUBSTITUTION

France 0-0 Albania

Yep, Burim Kukeli can't continue so on comes Taulant Xhaka for the final 16 minutes.

France 0-0 Albania

Albania might be forced into another change as Burim Kukelli goes to ground after running into N'Gole Kante's challenge.

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Helles Mammut: Giroud in full Arsenal mode...

David C Lewis: I'd love to see Arsenal give Giroud the service he's getting from France. He's a total monster in the box.

SUBSTITUTION

France 0-0 Albania

Those close calls have prompted Albania coach Giovanni de Biasi to take action as he makes his first change. Off goes Andi Lila, with forward Odise Roshi on in his place.

France 0-0 Albania

Neil Lennon

Hibernian manager in Marseille for BBC Radio 5 live

"Best football of the game so far. Olivier Giroud gets up marvelously well to meet the cross, and he's so unlucky to see his header come back off the post."