West Ham United fans find reason to panic after Dimitri Payet's stunning France winner

France's Dimitri Payet jubilation after scoring.

The Hammers midfielder smashed home from long range in the 89th minute to hand victory to the hosts in the Euro 2016 opener.

France's Dimitri Payet scores their second goal

After a superb domestic campaign in his first season at England, West Ham United midfielder Dimitri Payet announced himself on the biggest European stage on Friday night.

The Hammers star, who had already racked up 14 goals and 12 assists for club and country this term before the Euro 2016 opener, was the star of the show for the host nation as they secured a 2-1 victory over Romania at Stade de France.

The PFA Player of the year nominee set up Olivier Giroud for the opening goal of the game with a fine cross, and when France looked to be toiling to a 1-1 draw on their big occasion, the 29-year-old came up trumps when he fired in a stunning winner from almost 30 yards in the penultimate minute of the match.

France's Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring their second goal with team mates

The goal was  huge vindication for the man who had been ignored by French coach Didier Deschamps for so long, as he built on his impressive displays in the warm-up matches with the biggest moment of his international career to date.

Payet's class has been obvious to anyone who watched West Ham play this season, but to produce such a moment of magic on such a big stage displayed the true quality that the midfielder has at his feet.

For West Ham fans, it was both a euphoric and ominous moment, as their celebration at such a big moment for their star man was tempered by the natural dangers that come with a star showing their best on such a public stage.

Hammers supporters will now surely be feeling that a move to a top European club is a real possibility for the jewel in their crown, and certainly many of those on Twitter after the match felt cause for concern after his stunning goal.

France's Dimitri Payet jubilation after scoring.

For others, however, it was simply a moment to bask in the brilliance of the man who is surely one of the most talented footballers to wear their shirt in recent times.

France's Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring their second goal with Olivier Giroud

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