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Luxembourg look to break Albania duck

Published: Sunday 31 July 2011, 1.00CET
Luxembourg have never scored a goal against Albania but Group D's basement team will look to put that right when the teams meet at the Josy Barthel stadium.
Luxembourg look to break Albania duck
Luxembourg's René Peters (in white) goes in for a challenge against Belarus ©Pressball

Tournament statistics

LuxembourgAlbania

Goals scored3
 
7
Total attempts60
 
72
Attempts on target27
 
32
Attempts off target29
 
34
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
1
Corners12
 
41
Offsides11
 
30
Yellow cards15
 
25
Red Cards2
 
4
Fouls committed131
 
113
Fouls suffered122
 
118
 
Published: Sunday 31 July 2011, 1.00CET

Luxembourg look to break Albania duck

Luxembourg have never scored a goal against Albania but Group D's basement team will look to put that right when the teams meet at the Josy Barthel stadium.

Group D's bottom team Luxembourg will look to rack up some belated points as they play host to an Albania side whom they lost out to narrowly earlier in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying.

• On 7 September last year, Hamdi Salihi turned in Armend Dallku's cross in the 37th minute as Josip Kuže's side prevailed at home to a Luxembourg side whose hopes of a comeback were dented by Mario Mutsch's 58th-minute dismissal for a second yellow card.

• Albania's record in four games against Luxembourg reads W3 D1 L0 (W1 D1 L0 in Luxembourg).

• The sides met in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2008, with Albania winning the opening engagement 2-0 in Tirana on 2 June 2007 thanks to goals from Edmond Kapllani and Altin Haxhi.

• The teams crossed paths again at the Josy Barthel stadium in Luxembourg four days later, and this time Albania triumphed 3-0 courtesy of a Kapllani double and a goal from Ervin Skela.

• Although they have yet to muster a single goal against Albania, Luxembourg did at least record a 0-0 draw with their upcoming opponents in a friendly game in Hesperange on 13 February 2002.

Last updated: 03/08/11 20.46CET

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