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A group of Chinese and American investors have brought an 80 per cent stake in French Ligue 1 football club OGC Nice, the club announced.

The two key investors are Alex Zheng, president of hotel-owner Plateno Group, and Chien Lee, founder and chief executive of NewCity Capital, the club said in a press release issued on Friday.

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France midfielder Dimitri Payet said the narrow 2-1 win against Romania would keep them grounded and make the team work harder in their bid to go far in the Euro football championship. The West Ham United player assisted Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud to put France on top and produced a brilliant left-footed effort himself as France won 2-1 in their Euro opener on Friday night.

"The crowd helped - we know how important the points were," Payet was quoted as saying by ESPN. "Now we're able to rest up and prepare for the second game. Had we won by two or three goals that might have misled us slightly. The fact we won like that shows there won't be any easy matches and we have to go out and win matches."

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An 89th minute strike from French playmaker Dmitri Payet earned the host nation a stunning 2-1 win against a hard working and very well disciplined Romania side in the opening match of Euro 2016 in Paris on Friday night.

After a goal-less first half which saw French skipper Hugo Lloris produce an excellent early save and France spurn three-to-four good opportunities of their own, the hosts took the lead just before the hour mark through Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud, who made the most of some poor goalkeeping from Romanian stopper Ciprian Tatarusanu as he failed to gather Payet's speculative cross.

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France football legend Zinedine Zidane on Friday said the present national team will give ‘good’ competition to other top teams competing in the Euro championship this year.

“This team is very good. I am expecting them to give good competition to the others. I hope they win the cup but even if they don’t they have to give a good fight,” Zidane said at an event.

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France and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry says there are no clear favourites heading into the European Championships this time as there has been no team that has dominated European football recently. The quadrennial event is scheduled to kick-start from Friday in France.

"It’s one of the first times where you don’t have a strong favourite, where it’s obvious. Apart from what you might say Spain because obviously they are the holders, but I don’t see a team that has been that dominant in Europe recently,” Henry was quoted as saying by the BBC.

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The U-20 Women's National Team will face France, New Zealand and Ghana in Group C at the upcoming 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup, taking place from Nov. 13-Dec. 3 in Papua New Guinea. The draw took place today in Zurich, Switzerland.

The U.S. opens the tournament on Monday, Nov. 14 against France at 4 p.m. local time, faces New Zealand on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. and finishes the group against Ghana on Monday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. The USA will play its first two group games at Sir Hubert Murray Stadium and its third group game at National Football Stadium. Both stadiums are located in Port Moresby, the capital city of Papua New Guinea.

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A dramatic stoppage-time goal from Alex Morgan lifted the U.S. Women's National Team past France 1-0 in front of a record crowd of 25,363 at Nissan Stadium. It was the USA's second 1-0 win in its second match of the SheBelieves Cup after defeating England on March 3. The USA currently sits atop the tournament standings with six points.

The crowd of 25,363 set a new record for a U.S. WNT match in the state of Tennessee, breaking the previous mark of 21,535 that watched the USA play Costa Rica in Chattanooga on August 19, 2015.

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