Dimitri Payet scored his second goal of the tournament as France reached the knockout round ©Getty Images

Substitute Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet struck late to send hosts France through to the last 16 of the UEFA European Championships with a 2-0 win over Albania at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, as trouble again flared between English and Russian fans in Lille.

Supporters of England and Russia had clashed violently inside the venue in Marseille following the 1-1 draw between the two countries last Saturday (June 11).

Fans following the two countries had also been involved in skirmishes outside the stadium.

UEFA had hit Russia with a suspended disqualification from the tournament as a result, meaning they would be thrown out of the competition should further crowd trouble occur at any stadium hosting their matches.

Though Russia's 2-1 defeat to Slovakia at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille largely passed without incident, aside from a flare being lit within their section, fans were then seen fighting with English and Welsh fans after the game, providing further ugly scenes which have plagued Euro 2016 so far.

French police were again forced to use tear gas in an attempt to disperse the brawling crowds.

The high-profile nature of the English supporters, who had been singing and drinking in the city square, had made them a target for the Russians, it has been reported.

Jean-Maurice Ripert, the French Ambassador to Moscow, had earlier been summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry following claims that the Russian supporters have been unfairly treated at the tournament.

"Further stoking of anti-Russian sentiments... could significantly aggravate the atmosphere in Russian-French relations," the Ministry said.

Slovakia overcame Russia to keep their pursuit of a place in the last 16 alive
Slovakia overcame Russia to keep their pursuit of a place in the last 16 alive ©Getty Images

Out on the pitch, France left it to injury-time to prevail for the second match in a row as Griezmann expertly guided home a cross from Adil Rami to put the hosts ahead in their Group A clash with unfancied Albania.

West Ham United sensation Payet, substituted in tears after netting a stunning winner in their opening day victory over Romania last Friday (June 10), then got in on the act with his second late goal of the tournament, cutting inside before finding the far corner with a cool finish.

It marked a heartbreaking end for a spirited Albanian side, who had kept the French at bay until an unmarked Griezmann broke the deadlock.

Elsewhere in the group, Switzerland fought back to earn a 1-1 draw against Romania at the Parc des Princes in Paris to inch closer to the next round.

The Romanians took the lead on the 18 minute mark as Bogdan Stancu scored his second penalty of the competition after Stephan Lichsteiner blatantly pulled Alexandru Chipciu in the penalty area, leaving Russian referee Sergei Karasev no choice but to point to the spot.

Romania stayed in front until just after the restart when Admir Mehmedi arrived to meet a half-cleared corner with an fierce drive that arrowed into the far corner of the net.

In the opening game of the day, Slovakia got their first win of the competition in Group B as goals from Vladimir Weiss and Marek Hamšík helped them overcome Russia.

Hamsik set up Weiss for the opener before he fired an unstoppable strike which hit the back of the Slovakian net via the right-hand post to put his team 2-0 up at the break.

Denis Glushakov gave Russia hope with a late header but Slovakia were able to see out a win which sent them second in the Group behind Wales, who are due to entertain England in a crunch clash at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens tomorrow.