Line-ups

Romania: Tatarusanu, Sapunaru, Grigore, Chiriches, Matel, Hoban, Prepelita, Popa, Stanciu, Stancu, Alibec

Albania: Berisha, Hysaj, Ajeti, Mavraj, Agolli, Basha, Abrashi, Memushaj, Lila, Lenjani, Sadiku

It was a historic night for Albania as they scored their first ever goal at the European Championships and they were able to cap this wonderful achievement off with a win that leaves them with a chance of progressing to the last-16 as one of the best third-placed teams.

3rd minute: Stanciu got the first shot over the bar but the game is looking end to end so far.

6th minute: Basha gets the first yellow card of the game for a bad challenge on Hoban which could have easily seen him get a red.

10th minute: Romania are going forward a lot and are showing some good passing play but are not creating many clear-cut chances.

14th minute: Good chance for Albania with Abrashi going past 3 players and firing a shot from 25 yards out with goes just over the bar.

17th minute: Matel is selfish, shooting from an outrageous position and the crowd give a boo as they didn’t approve.

20th minute: Been a scrapy game so far as it’s still goalless 20minutes in with neither side having a good chance.

23rd minute: Massive chance for Lenjani who had an open goal from six yards out, the ‘keeper was on the floor and that was their best chance by far to get their first goal in a major tournament.

30th minute: Both sides still yet to have a major chance in the game but Romania are the side who are keeping the ball and passing it.

37th minute: Another chance for Albania coming form the right side but Tatarusanu made a comfortable save to keep the score line the same.

43rd minute: Albania have finally scored their first goal at a major tournament and a great header from Sadiku from a great delivery from the right but it was Tatarusanu who to blame after coming off his line and not claiming the ball.

HT: Loud cheers from the Albania side of the ground after leading 1-0 against Romania. Nobody expected this to happen before the game but the game changed for them after 20 minutes, after this they took control.

46th minute: The second half is underway with Albania getting a early corner which has came to nothing.

50th minute: Romania starting to get the ball more forward as they try to get a equaliser and adding more pressure to Albania.

54th minute: Injury for Romania Alibec is coming off with a serious ankle problem after a awkward landing.

60th minute: The goal scorer Sadiku has came off and he got a standing ovation from the crowd after a great performance and that could be the goal which sends them through to the knockout stages.

66th minute: Romania are continually putting pressure on Albania but the defence are staying strong Romania just had a free kick taken from 25yards out but hit the wall.

73rd minute: The game is still a scrappy affair with both sides struggling to put a couple of passes together.

76th minute: Huge chance for Romania hitting the bar left the keeper with no chance if it was on target.

83rd minute: Albania captain Cana is coming on and he will be their to just keep hold on the lead and keep the defence strong and not to be bullied.

88th minute: Albania are pressing into the Romania half which is giving them chances and corners but they can’t create anything substantial from these.

90th minute: The fourth official has signalled there will be five minutes of additional time and now Romania are throwing everyone forward when they are attacking. But Albania are holding the ball in the corner every time they get a chance.

FT Albania have won their first ever game at a major tournament which means they finish 3rd in the group after a great display defensively. The dream can carry on for Albania, meanwhile, Romania will be going home, after many before the tournament suggested they would finish 3rd in the group they have really disappointed.

Man of the Match

Armando Sadiku

On such a historic night there can really only be one winner of this award. Armando Sadiku played well despite being isolated up front as he has mostly been all tournament and most importantly he got a firm header on the end of a perfectly weighted cross to seal Albania’s historic win.

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