Griezmann spreads wings with perfect timing

Griezmann, who went all the way to the Champions League final with Atletico Madrid, proved his legs were still fresh by equalizing with a header from a Bacary Sagna cross just before the hour and then fired France in front three minutes later.

That is nothing new for Griezmann, who has experienced similar situations this season with his defensive-minded Atletico side, often lifting them out of tight spots.

France’s most dangerous weapon in the opening stage of the tournament had not been Griezmann but Dimitri Payet, who caught the eye with dazzling displays crowned by two sensational goals.

Payet said he was very happy to let Griezmann take the limelight Sunday.

It was not only Payet who was full of praise for teammate Griezmann, but also veteran left-back Patrice Evra.