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Luxembourg beat Albania for first win

Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 23.58CET
Luxembourg 2-1 Albania
Aurélien Joachim's splendid goal gave the home side their first win in Group D as their visitors ended the game with nine men.
by David Babaev
from Stade Josy Barthel
Luxembourg beat Albania for first win
Aurélien Joachim (left) celebrates his tremendous winnner against Albania ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LuxembourgAlbania

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts13
 
10
Attempts on target7
 
3
Attempts off target6
 
6
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners1
 
3
Offsides3
 
8
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
2
Fouls committed18
 
18
Fouls suffered17
 
17

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 23.58CET

Luxembourg beat Albania for first win

Luxembourg 2-1 Albania
Aurélien Joachim's splendid goal gave the home side their first win in Group D as their visitors ended the game with nine men.

A tremendous Aurélien Joachim finish saw Luxembourg win their first game in UEFA EURO 2012 Group D, with Albania coming unstuck in the closing stages.

Gilles Bettmer put Luxembourg ahead midway through the first half and they looked to be on course for an easy three points following Ansi Agolli's dismissal early in the second period. Erjon Bogdani struck back for Albania, though, before Joachim's strike – and a red card for Bogdani – put an end to Josip Kuže's side's challenge.

Jonathan Joubert saved from Albania's Ervin Skela early on, and Mario Mutsch tested visiting goalkeeper Saimir Ujkani before his corner eluded Ante Bukvic only for Bettmer to steal in and open the scoring on 27 minutes. Lars Gerson might have doubled that lead on 50 minutes, but could not find a way past Ujkani from close range.

Agolli's red card changed the complexion of the game but Bogdani equalised on 64 minutes, finishing after Joubert could not hold a Skela shot. Joachim stole the show, though, chesting down Bettmer's ball before unleashing a delicious shot. Bogdani departed five minutes from the end after receiving two yellow cards in quick succession.

Luxembourg's campaign ends in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 7 October, when Albania visit France, ahead of a final home game against Romania four days later.

Last updated: 07/09/11 0.29CET

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Lineups

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Albania

Albania

1
JoubertJonathan Joubert (GK)
23
UjkaniSamir Ujkani (GK)
2
BukvicAnte Bukvic
2
VeliuFranc Veliu
Substitution62
3
BlaiseGuy Blaise
3
VangjeliKristi Vangjeli
5
SchnellTom Schnell
Yellow Card40
7
AgolliAnsi Agolli
Red Card53
7
C. LeweckCharles Leweck
Substitution68
9
KapllaniEdmond Kapllani
Substitution46
8
BettmerGilles Bettmer
Goal27
10
DuroKlodian Duro
Substitution46
9
Daniel Da MotaDaniel Da Mota
Substitution70
13
SkelaErvin Skela
10
PayalBen Payal
Substitution88
14
LalaAltin Lala (C)
Yellow Card50
17
MutschMario Mutsch (C)
16
TeliAdmir Teli
Yellow Card35
18
GersonLars Gerson
18
SalihiHamdi Salihi
19
JänischMathias Jänisch
22
BogdaniErjon Bogdani
Goal64
Yellow Card85
Red Card85

Substitutes

12
OberweisMarc Oberweis (GK)
12
HidiIsli Hidi (GK)
4
HoffmannEric Hoffmann
4
VrapiEndrit Vrapi
6
PedroJoël Pedro
Substitution88
8
BulkuErvin Bulku
Substitution62
11
ColletteDan Collette
17
LikaGilman Lika
13
JoachimAurélien Joachim
Substitution68
Goal78
19
BakajElis Bakaj
Substitution46
14
LaterzaTom Laterza
20
MuzakaGjergj Muzaka
Substitution46
23
BensiStefano Bensi
Substitution70
21
HykaJahmir Hyka

Coach

Luc Holtz (LUX) Josip Kuže (CRO)

Referee

Petteri Kari (FIN)

Assistant referees

Esa Vehvilainen (FIN), Jouko Ikonen (FIN)

Fourth official

Mattias Gestranius (FIN)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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