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Dinamo hold on for Albanian glory

Published: Saturday 17 May 2008, 10.00CET
KS Dinamo Tirana won the Albanian title after defeating second-placed FK Partizani 2-1 in the season's final-day decider, despite being reduced to nine men.
Dinamo hold on for Albanian glory
Dinamo players celebrate winning the Albanian title ©www.albaniasoccer.com
Published: Saturday 17 May 2008, 10.00CET

Dinamo hold on for Albanian glory

KS Dinamo Tirana won the Albanian title after defeating second-placed FK Partizani 2-1 in the season's final-day decider, despite being reduced to nine men.

KS Dinamo Tirana won their first Albanian title since 2002 after defeating the only side that could overhaul them, second-placed FK Partizani, 2-1 in their final-day game, despite playing almost the entire second half with just nine players.

Early cushion
Partizani could have overtaken their rivals with victory but could not make their numerical advantage count while the game was locked at 1-1 and ended up conceding an added-time goal that finished off their chances of claiming the Kategoria Pare title. Dinamo opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Partizani defender Paulin Dhembi brought down Croatian forward Pero Pejić and Italian referee Paul Tagliavento did not hesitate in pointing to the spot. Dinamo's Bekim Kuli converted the subsequent penalty.

Red cards
However, Partizani equalised in the 32nd minute after central defender Tefik Osmani headed in from a corner. Dinamo were reduced to ten men eight minutes after half-time when Artim Polozani was shown a straight red for fouling goalkeeper Orges Shehi. Two minutes later, Dinamo's goalscorer Kuli also received his marching orders for a bad tackle from behind.

Late winner
Despite playing with nine men, Dinamo held on relatively comfortably knowing that a point would hand them the championship. However, they ended up going one better and scoring the game's only other goal – a 93rd-minute effort from substitute Nertil Ferraj to confirm their title triumph.

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