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Flying start for Briegel

Published: Sunday 30 March 2003, 0.35CET
Albania 3-1 Russia The hosts give coach Hans-Peter Briegel a winning start.

Match statistics

AlbaniaRussia

Goals scored3
 
1
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

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Published: Sunday 30 March 2003, 0.35CET

Flying start for Briegel

Albania 3-1 Russia The hosts give coach Hans-Peter Briegel a winning start.

Albania revived their chances of qualifying for UEFA EURO 2004™ after scoring twice in the last ten minutes to beat Russia 3-1 in Group 10 and give coach Hans-Peter Briegel a memorable start in his new job.

Tare seals victory
Midfield player Altin Lala dribbled past half the Russian defence to put the home side 2-1 in front on 80 minutes before Russia's goalkeeper Sergei Ovchinnikov failed to hold an Igli Tare header and the forward stuck the loose ball into the net.

Closes the gap
Albania's victory - their first in the section - closes the gap on second-placed Russia to two points and the Albanians could go above the Russians if they beat the Republic of Ireland in their next qualifying match at home on Wednesday. Ireland beat Georgia 2-1 away earlier on Saturday.

Penalty save
Ochinnikov saved a penalty from Albania's Klodian Duro before Albania striker Altin Raklli opened the scoring on 20 minutes after the goalkeeper deflected a shot from Ervin Skela. Russia's strikers, especially Alexander Kerzhakov, squandered chances until the 77th minute when substitute Andrei Karayka fired home from a perfect pass inside the area.

Improved discipline
Just when it looked like Albania, who had shown greater determination and improved tactical discipline, would let the game slip away, as has happened so often in the past, Lala gave them the lead and Tare soon added their third.

'We deserved to win'
Albania's German coach, Briegel, was pleased with the response of his players after his first match in charge, "The team deserved to win because they concentrated from the first minute to the 90th and they did not lose heart after giving away a penalty."

Briegel warning
Albania showed a vast improvement from their 4-1 thrashing by Russia in Volgograd but the former German international warned that they must now concentrate on Ireland. "As the team of a small country we should not be looking at the overall situation of the group but the next match with Ireland, who have got some stronger points than the Russians," Briegel said.

National celebration
Played in the northern town of Shkoder on the pitch where Albania played their first international against Russia in 1947, the victory delighted the 16,000 crowd, including the Albanian prime minister, Fatos Nano, who said: "Albania can now say it has beaten a former superpower".

Last updated: 31/03/03 9.21CET

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Lineups

Albania

Albania

Russia

Russia

1
StrakoshaFotaq Strakosha (C)
1
OvchinnikovSergei Ovchinnikov
2
Ardit BeqiriArdit Beqiri
2
NizhegorodovGennadi Nizhegorodov
Yellow Card17
3
ÇipiGeri Çipi
3
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
6
HasiBesnik Hasi
4
SmertinAleksei Smertin (C)
Substitution72
7
MuratiEdvin Murati
Substitution67
5
SemakSergei Semak
10
RraklliAltin Rraklli
Goal20
Substitution70
6
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
11
AliajAdrian Aliaj
7
AldoninEvgeni Aldonin
13
SkelaErvin Skela
Substitution83
8
GusevRolan Gusev
Substitution54
14
LalaAltin Lala
Goal79
9
TochilinAleksandr Tochilin
Substitution46
17
TareIgli Tare
Goal82
10
LoskovDmitri Loskov
18
DuroKlodian Duro
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov

Substitutes

12
BeqajArjan Beqaj
12
MandrykinVeniamin Mandrykin
4
DedeNevil Dede
Substitution83
14
YanovskiIgor Yanovski
Substitution72
8
BellaiArian Bellai
Substitution67
16
KaryakaAndrei Karyaka
Substitution46
Goal76
9
MyrtajFlorian Myrtaj
Substitution70
17
BeschastnykhVladimir Beschastnykh
Substitution54
5
A DuroAlbert Duro
13
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
15
ShkembiBlendi Shkembi
15
SolomatinAndrei Solomatin
16
DragushaMehmet Dragusha
18
PopovDenis Popov

Coach

Hans-Peter Briegel (GER) Valeri Gazzaev (RUS)

Referee

Paul Allaerts (BEL)

Assistant referees

Rombout Hennissen (BEL), Danny Vanderhoven (BEL)

Fourth official

Eric Blareau (BEL)

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