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Albania took the lead after just seconds...

Defending champions Italy come from behind to win

2024/06/15 22:07

Italy won their first game in the defence of their European Championship despite Albania taking an early lead in Dortmund.


ITA XI: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Calafiori, Bastoni, Dimarco, Barella, Jorginho, Frattesi, Pellegrini, Chiesa, Scamacca

ITA SUBS:: Buongiorno, Gatti, Raspadori, Vicario, Darmian, Bellanova, Cristante, Mancini, Retegui, Zaccagni, Fagioli, El Shaarawy, Cambiaso, Folorunsho, Meret.

ALB XI: Strakosha, Hysaj, Ajeti, Djimsiti, Mitaj, Asllani, Ramadani, Bajrami, Asani, Broja, Seferi

ALB SUBS: E Berisha, Balliu, Manaj, Gjasula, Kastrati, Mihaj, Laçi, Medon M Berisha, Muçi, Ismajli, Daku, Abrashi, Kumbulla, Aliji, Hoxha

Action: Albania couldn't have hoped for a better start to their campaign after taking the lead just over 20 seconds into the game.

Federico Dimarco's poor throw-in ended up going directly to Nedim Bajrami and the Sassuolo forward took full advantage of the mistake and fired an effort past Gianluigi Donnarumma to record the fastest goal ever in a European Championship.

However, after that dream start to the game for Albania, Italy were back on level terms just 10 minutes later.

Albania will not be happy with how they conceded this goal: a short corner routine and then a cross that Alessandro Bastoni was able to head in from close range. Sylvinho's side really should have defended better. 

The comeback was completed just five minutes later. This time it was a ball bouncing towards Nicolò Barella on the edge of the area. The Internazionale midfielder flung a leg at it and saw the ball find the corner of the net past the reach of Thomas Strakosha.

Italy were on top after that with Davide Frattesi having a great chance to make it 3-1 but he saw his chipped effort hit the post after receiving a pass from Gianluca Scamacca. 

Luciano Spalletti's side were dominant for most of the game and looked to wrap up the victory with a third goal in the second half. Meanwhile, Albania resorted to long balls over the top for Armando Broja to run onto it but it was a technique that simply wasn't working. 

When that technique did work it came late on, this time to substitute Rey Manaj who managed to get a shot away that was stopped by Donnarumma and an Albanian corner wasn't given.

That was the last chance of the game as Italy hung on to begin the defence of their title with a win.

Man of the match: Federico Chiesa. A constant problem for Albania throughout the game with Italy looking toothless after the forward was replaced.

Big picture: Italy looked good for the majority of the game but it will be interesting to see how they do when going up against far more difficult opposition in Croatia and Spain. Albania meanwhile showed that they may be a difficult prospect for the rest of the group.

Expected goals: Italy (1.94) 2-1 (0.43) Albania



’1 | GOAL: Bajrami (0-1)
’11 | GOAL: Bastoni (1-1)
'16 | GOAL: Barella (1-1)








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2024-06-15 23h26m by ocollinsworth
But Italy fought back and showed their strength by securing a 2-1 victory. Forza Italia!
2024-06-15 22h50m by sjacksons_9_2_1
However, Italy showed their class and fought back to secure a 2-1 victory in the end. A great display of determination and resilience from the Italian team. Forza Italia!
2024-06-15 22h24m by nlawson12
But despite Italy's early setback, they showed great resilience and determination to come back and secure a 2-1 victory. Can't wait to see what this team has in store for the rest of the tournament! Forza Italia!
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U Saturday, 15 June 2024 - 20:00
Signal Iduna Park
Felix Zwayer
Alessandro Bastoni 10'
Nicolò Barella 16'
Nedim Bajrami 1'
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