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Salihi strike secures victory for Albania

Published: Saturday 26 March 2011, 23.25CET
Albania 1-0 Belarus
A goal from Hamdi Salihi capped a fine home performance and enabled Josip Kuže's side to join their opponents on eight points.
by Fatjon Pandovski
Salihi strike secures victory for Albania
Hamdi Salihi scored Albania's winner against Belarus ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AlbaniaBelarus

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts9
 
2
Attempts on target7
 
2
Attempts off target2
 
0
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners9
 
1
Offsides7
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed5
 
10
Fouls suffered10
 
5

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Saturday 26 March 2011, 23.25CET

Salihi strike secures victory for Albania

Albania 1-0 Belarus
A goal from Hamdi Salihi capped a fine home performance and enabled Josip Kuže's side to join their opponents on eight points.

Albania joined Belarus on eight points in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group D thanks to a Hamdi Salihi goal in Tirana.

The SK Rapid Wien striker capitalised on a mistake in the Belarus defence to score the only goal of the game on 62 minutes. Albania also hit the frame of Sergei Veremko's goal on two occasions and now goal difference alone separates the teams lying second and third in the section, four points adrift of Group D giants France.

Having come in for some severe criticism in the local media in the days leading up to the match, midfielders Ervin Skela and Altin Lala silenced their detractors, providing a superb platform for Salihi and his strike partner Erjon Bogdani. Lorik Cana hit the crossbar from a free-kick before half-time, and there was little let-up in the pressure after the interval.

Veremko saved from Salihi on 50 minutes and kept out Ansi Agolli's long-range effort with his legs soon after. Salihi's goal confirmed Albania's ascendance, but while substitute Aleksandr Bychenok tested home goalkeeper Samir Ujkani from distance, the hosts kept coming, with Salihi hitting the post after going through on goal. Vyacheslav Hleb and Sergei Kislyak had chances at the other end, but nothing to trouble Ujkani.

Last updated: 27/03/11 0.02CET

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Lineups

Albania

Albania

Belarus

Belarus

23
UjkaniSamir Ujkani (GK)
12
VeremkoSergei Veremko (GK)
2
LilaAndi Lila
2
KulchiyAleksandr Kulchiy
Yellow Card21
Substitution62
3
VangjeliKristi Vangjeli
3
MartynovichAleksandr Martynovich
5
CanaLorik Cana
Yellow Card38
4
ShitovIgor Shitov
Yellow Card32
7
AgolliAnsi Agolli
5
MoloshDmitri Molosh
Yellow Card53
8
BulkuErvin Bulku
6
TigorevYan Tigorev
13
SkelaErvin Skela
Substitution81
7
OmelyanchukSergei Omelyanchuk (C)
14
LalaAltin Lala (C)
Yellow Card18
10
V. HlebVyacheslav Hleb
Yellow Card49
16
TeliAdmir Teli
11
KrivetsSergei Krivets
Substitution46
18
SalihiHamdi Salihi
Yellow Card17
Goal62
Substitution90+3
14
PutiloAnton Putilo
Substitution82
22
BogdaniErjon Bogdani
Substitution75
15
KislyakSergei Kislyak

Substitutes

1
BeqajArjan Beqaj (GK)
1
AmelchenkoAnton Amelchenko (GK)
6
BeqiriElvin Beqiri
8
ZhavnerchikMaksim Zhavnerchik
10
DuroKlodian Duro
Substitution81
9
KovelLeonid Kovel
Substitution46
11
VilaEmilian Vila
16
BychenokAleksandr Bychenok
Substitution62
17
G. LikaGilman Lika
17
SosnovskiSergei Sosnovski
19
BakajElis Bakaj
Substitution75
18
NekhaychikPavel Nekhaychik
20
MuzakaGjergj Muzaka
Substitution90+3
21
SitkoPavel Sitko
Substitution82

Coach

Josip Kuže (CRO) Bernd Stange (GER)

Referee

Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Magnus Sjöblom (SWE), Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)

Fourth official

Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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