It took almost two-and-a-half matches, but Albania finally found a goal at Euro 2016, and the timing couldn’t have been any better.
Albania pulled off a thrilling and historic 1-0 win against Romania in Sunday’s Group A finale, giving Gianni De Biasi’s side hope of advancing to the knockout round.
After seemingly going into the halftime break with a scoreless draw, Albania took the lead through Armando Sadiku. The forward nodded home his header in the 43rd minute, giving the Albanians separation after missing a few chances earlier in the half.
Romania pushed for an equalizer in the second stanza, but Albania’s backline held strong and absorbed the pressure. Goalkeeper Etrit Berisha made three crucial saves, giving the Albanians their first win European Championships victory.
Albania will now await the remainder of the competition’s group stage results in order to determine if they’ll have a place in the Round of 16. Currently sitting on three points, Albania will have to finish among the top four third-place finishers if they are to qualify for the next round.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Armando Sadiku provided Albania with the moment they had been seeking for quite some time, and now the team is on the verge of the knockout round.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
It took over 220 minutes, but Albania finally found a goal through Armando Sadiku.
MATCH TO FORGET
The Romania attack had their chances on the afternoon, but only three chances on target were left to show for the struggling offense.