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Sadiku double pegs back Portugal

Published: Monday 14 November 2011, 21.56CET
Albania 2-2 Portugal
Albania came from behind twice as an Armando Sadiku doubled prevented Portugal from closing the gap on Russia to two points at the top of Group 6.
by Lysien Nurishmi
from Niko Dovana
Sadiku double pegs back Portugal
Albania's Elvis Prençi (right) pressurises Josué ©UEFA.com
Published: Monday 14 November 2011, 21.56CET

Sadiku double pegs back Portugal

Albania 2-2 Portugal
Albania came from behind twice as an Armando Sadiku doubled prevented Portugal from closing the gap on Russia to two points at the top of Group 6.

Two goals from Armando Sadiku pegged back Portugal as Albania twice came from behind to earn a point in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 6.

The visitors missed out on the opportunity to close the gap on leaders Russia to two points, despite goals in each half from from Josué and Wilson Eduardo. Portugal were on top for long spells and created more openings, but could not match the deadly finishing of the hosts.

André Martins had a clear sight of goal early on but could not find a way past Stivi Frasheri, though Josué capitalised on a mistake in the home defence to open the scoring on 20 minutes.

The same player missed an excellent chance to double the lead just after the restart and paid for that failure when Bekim Bala crossed for Sadiku to power in with his head. Eduardo restored Portugal's lead on 62 minutes, nodding a Martins cross into the net.

The visitors could not shake off Sadiku, however. The 20-year-old scored his sixth goal in five qualifying outings with 13 minutes left, rifling in after pouncing on a loose ball in the area. Albania survived despite having Eni Imami dismissed late on.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.15CET

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Lineups

Albania

Albania

Portugal

Portugal

1
FrasheriStivi Frasheri (GK)
1
MikaMika (GK)
2
FejzullahuArbnor Fejzullahu
2
CédricCédric
Yellow Card87
4
SallajAgonit Sallaj
Yellow Card76
3
Pedro MendesPedro Mendes
Yellow Card83
7
DostiAlbi Dosti
4
João PereiraJoão Pereira (C)
8
BrahimiMergim Brahimi
Substitution60
5
Rúben FerreiraRúben Ferreira
Substitution87
9
BalajBekim Balaj
6
André AlmeidaAndré Almeida
11
SadikuArmando Sadiku
Goal55
Goal77
7
Salvador AgraSalvador Agra
Yellow Card38
Substitution46
13
ImamiEni Imami
Yellow Card57
Red Card84
8
André MartinsAndré Martins
14
VajushiArmando Vajushi (C)
Substitution90+2
9
Nélson OliveiraNélson Oliveira
Substitution57
17
TelushiBruno Telushi
Yellow Card75
Substitution80
10
JosuéJosué
Goal20
23
PrençiElvis Prençi
11
Wilson EduardoWilson Eduardo
Goal62

Substitutes

12
NacoEni Naco (GK)
12
CristianoCristiano (GK)
5
PeqiniRoland Peqini
13
Mário RuiMário Rui
6
BunjakuImran Bunjaku
Substitution60
14
PeléPelé
Substitution46
10
VucajErjon Vucaj
15
SanaSana
15
SykajArsen Sykaj
16
LudovicAlexandre Ludovic
Substitution87
19
ShkurtajVasil Shkurtaj
Substitution80
17
Rui FonteRui Fonte
Substitution57
21
A. HoxhaAltin Hoxha
Substitution90+2
18
CamaráAbel Camará

Coach

Skënder Gega (ALB) Rui Jorge (POR)

Referee

Ivan Kružliak (SVK)

Assistant referees

Martin Balko (SVK), Ondrej Brendza (SVK)

Fourth official

Lubomír Samotny (SVK)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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