Romania 0 v 1 Albania – Euro 2016 Group A

ROU 0:1 ALB – an enthralling game in Lyon as both teams looked to salvage what has been an unlucky, unproductive tournament despite strong, gritty performances against France and Switzerland. There was an early flurry of chances for Romania, their best falling to FC Steaua Bucuresti playmaker Nicolae Stanciu, who drilled a shot over the bar from the edge of the area. But the rest of the half belonged to Albania, whose patience and determination shone through as they searched for their first goal in a major tournament in their history. Good work in the middle of the park from Ermir Lenjani won the ball for his team, the Kuq e Zinjtë broke quickly and Lenjani will be disappointed to not hold his line and also blaze over from only 6 yards out. Albania continued to move the ball forward quickly with some beautiful flowing football – Pescara Calcio‘s Ledian Memushaj exerting his influence on the game from midfield. And it was Memushaj’s quality that paid off. A tantalising ball from the right hand side tempted Romania keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu, who failed to get anything on the cross allowing FC Vaduz striker Armando Sadiku to head in a memorable goal for Albania. Romania didn’t have the quality to get back into the game in the 2nd half despite a Florin Andone strike clipping the crossbar late into the game. A hard-working performance from Albania, who deserved their win and now cling to a small hope of a best 3rd place finish to reach the knockout stages. Amazing scenes at the end in Lyon. If Albania do go home, they go home as heroes impressing many fans across Europe.

Man of the Match: Ansi Agolli
Best: Mergim MavrajLedian MemushajAnsi AgolliElseid HysajNicolae Stanciu

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