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Moldova inflict unhappy ending on Albania

Published: Thursday 6 September 2012, 21.10CET
Moldova 2-1 Albania
Visiting goalkeeper Stivi Frasheri saved two penalties but could not stop Moldova earning a win that leaves Albania bottom of Group 6.
by Evgheni Balaniuc
from Sheriff small Arena
Moldova inflict unhappy ending on Albania
Petru Leuca celebrates after netting the decisive second Moldova goal ©Boris Kharchenko
Published: Thursday 6 September 2012, 21.10CET

Moldova inflict unhappy ending on Albania

Moldova 2-1 Albania
Visiting goalkeeper Stivi Frasheri saved two penalties but could not stop Moldova earning a win that leaves Albania bottom of Group 6.

Moldova left Albania rooted to the foot of Group 6 after goals from Artiom Haceaturov and Petru Leuca earned the home team a 2-1 victory in Tiraspol.

Alexandr Curteian's Moldova had entered the match two points behind Albania but their victory lifted them above the visitors, whose goal came in added time from the head of Elvis Prençi.

Those cold facts tell only half the story of a dramatic contest that began with two penalties for Moldova inside 15 minutes. Albania goalkeeper Stivi Frasheri saved the first spot kick, by Haceaturov, after eight minutes but was beaten to the rebound by the defender. Frasheri repeated the feat seven minutes later when stopping Radu Ginsari from doubling Moldova's lead.

With that reprieve, Albania stepped up a gear in the second half and came close to equalising only for home goalkeeper Denis Rusu to keep out shots by Mergim Brahimi and substitute Vasil Shkurtaj. In between Bekim Balaj fired wide when well placed in the box.

Skënder Gega's visitors paid for those misses when Leuca found the top corner after a quick counter three minutes from time to secure a victory that avenges Albania's 4-3 win when the sides met a year ago to the day in Korca. If a frustrating way for Albania to sign off, Moldova can travel to Russia for their final qualifier on Monday with a spring in their step.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.14CET

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Lineups

Moldova

Moldova

Albania

Albania

12
RusuDenis Rusu (GK)
Yellow Card71
1
FrasheriStivi Frasheri (GK) (C)
Yellow Card15
2
JardanIon Jardan (C)
Yellow Card29
3
MatoshiShpend Matoshi
Yellow Card33
3
KhachaturovArtyom Khachaturov
Penalty8
Goal8
4
SallajAgonit Sallaj
4
ScripcencoAlexandru Scripcenco
5
PrençiElvis Prençi
Goal90+2
5
M. AntoniucMaxim Antoniuc
6
BajraktariMergim Bajraktari
6
VremeaAlexandru Vremea
Yellow Card35
7
HasaniEdon Hasani
Substitution46
7
NicologloGheorghe Nicologlo
8
BrahimiMergim Brahimi
8
GheorghievSerghei Gheorghiev
Substitution66
9
BalajBekim Balaj
Yellow Card87
9
CheptineAnatoli Cheptine
Substitution60
10
DeliallisiAlfred Deliallisi
Substitution72
10
GînsariRadu Gînsari
Penalty15
Yellow Card81
14
VajushiArmando Vajushi
11
BoghiuMaxim Boghiu
Yellow Card36
Substitution90
15
FejzullahuArbnor Fejzullahu
Yellow Card8
Substitution58

Substitutes

1
StajilaDmitri Stajila (GK)
12
SejdoXhino Sejdo (GK)
13
MandrîcencoConstantin Mandrîcenco
Substitution90
2
DitaBruno Dita
Substitution58
14
ProdanIon Prodan
Substitution66
11
TahipiGjelbrim Tahipi
Substitution72
15
MateiSergiu Matei
13
ShkurtajVasil Shkurtaj
Substitution46
16
IavorschiConstantin Iavorschi
16
DeliaGers Delia
17
LeucaPetru Leuca
Substitution60
Goal87
17
BathaIdriz Batha

Coach

Alexandr Curteian (MDA) Skënder Gega (ALB)

Referee

Chris Reisch (LUX)

Assistant referees

Marco Tropeano (LUX), Antonio De Carolis (LUX)

Fourth official

Luc Wilmes (LUX)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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