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Albania look to grasp France chance

Published: Sunday 31 July 2011, 1.00CET
Josip Kuže's Albania lie fifth in Group D, but are by no means out of the running for a UEFA EURO 2012 place as section leaders France come to Tirana for the nations' third meeting.
Albania look to grasp France chance
Albania coach Josip Kuže (centre) celebrates a win with his players ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

AlbaniaFrance

Goals scored7
 
15
Total attempts72
 
140
Attempts on target32
 
64
Attempts off target34
 
60
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork1
 
2
Corners41
 
68
Offsides30
 
36
Yellow cards25
 
13
Red Cards4
 
0
Fouls committed113
 
119
Fouls suffered118
 
107
 
Published: Sunday 31 July 2011, 1.00CET

Albania look to grasp France chance

Josip Kuže's Albania lie fifth in Group D, but are by no means out of the running for a UEFA EURO 2012 place as section leaders France come to Tirana for the nations' third meeting.

Albania lie fifth in Group D, but are by no means out of the running for a UEFA EURO 2012 place as section leaders France come to Tirana.

• Second from bottom Albania are only five points adrift of France in a fiercely competitive section and have yet to lose at home in Group D, recording two wins and a draw; Laurent Blanc's France boast the same record in their away games in the section.

• This will be the nations' third meeting. Their only previous encounters came in qualifying for the 1992 UEFA European Championship; Basile Boli scored the only goal as France won 1-0 in Tirana on 17 November 1990, with the return fixture in Paris ending 5-0 – Franck Sauzee and Jean-Pierre Papin scored twice each in the first half, with Hysen Zmijani's own goal nine minutes from the end completing the rout.

• Current France coach Blanc featured from start to finish in both of those fixtures.

• Albania's Croatian boss Josip Kuže led NK Dinamo Zagreb in a 1989/90 UEFA Cup defeat against AJ Auxerre; his side won 1-0 in France but lost the return leg 3-1 in Croatia.

• The outcome was the same when he led Dinamo into a second meeting with Auxerre in the 2006/07 competition; his side lost 2-1 at home and 3-1 away.

Last updated: 03/08/11 20.37CET

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