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Albania sign off with stylish win in Austria

Published: Wednesday 5 March 2014, 21.43CET
Austria 1-3 Albania
Albania concluded their campaign by doubling their points tally and denying Austria the chance to move within three points of Group 4 leaders Spain.
by Boris Pruntsch
from Stadion Graz Liebenau
Albania sign off with stylish win in Austria
Albania celebrate their second win of the campaign ©UEFA.com

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Published: Wednesday 5 March 2014, 21.43CET

Albania sign off with stylish win in Austria

Austria 1-3 Albania
Albania concluded their campaign by doubling their points tally and denying Austria the chance to move within three points of Group 4 leaders Spain.

Albania moved off the foot of UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 4, and doubled their points tally in the process, after an eye-catching victory in Austria.

A draw would have assured Austria of at least second place and with it the possibility of a play-off berth, but they were second-best throughout to a visiting team who were two up at the break. For Albania this was the perfect end to their eight-match campaign.

The opener, after 19 minutes, stemmed from a goalkeeping error, Christoph Riegler spilling Enis Kavazaj's powerful shot into the net. Captain Vasil Shkurtaj doubled the lead on the cusp of half-time, running onto Mario Morina's pass through the hosts' back line and finishing with aplomb.

Moments after Austria coach Werner Gregoritsch made a double substitution in the hope of changing the course of events, Herolind Shala put the result beyond doubt with a solo 57th-minute goal.

Michael Gregoritsch's added-time penalty, awarded for a foul by Valentin Gjokaj, was scant consolation for a side who play third-ranked Bosnia and Herzegovina and leaders Spain in their last two fixtures.

Last updated: 04/06/15 8.37CET

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Lineups

Austria

Austria

Albania

Albania

1
RieglerChristoph Riegler (GK)
1
StrakoshaThoma Strakosha (GK)
4
WimmerKevin Wimmer
2
FejzullahuArbnor Fejzullahu
5
NeuholdFlorian Neuhold
3
HysajElseid Hysaj
Yellow Card75
8
TraunerGernot Trauner
4
PrençiElvis Prençi
Yellow Card73
9
GregoritschMichael Gregoritsch
Yellow Card59
Goal90+3
5
GjokajValentin Gjokaj
11
OffenbacherDaniel Offenbacher
Yellow Card30
Substitution55
7
ShalaHerolind Shala
Goal57
Substitution75
13
MartschinkoChristoph Martschinko
8
TaipiGjelbrim Taipi
Substitution63
14
KainzFlorian Kainz
Yellow Card52
Substitution79
9
ShkurtajVasil Shkurtaj (C)
Goal43
Yellow Card69
17
FarkasPatrick Farkas (C)
10
BathaIdriz Batha
Yellow Card59
19
StögerKevin Stöger
11
MorinaMario Morina
20
ŽuljPeter Žulj
Substitution55
17
GavazajEnis Gavazaj
Goal19
Substitution79

Substitutes

23
StrebingerRichard Strebinger (GK)
12
TeqjaAldo Teqja (GK)
6
PiesingerSimon Piesinger
6
KrujaArsid Kruja
7
VasticToni Vastic
Substitution55
13
MustaEmiljano Musta
16
MurgThomas Murg
Substitution79
14
ImamiEni Imami
Substitution79
18
SchöpfAlessandro Schöpf
Substitution55
15
HyseniKlaudjo Hyseni
Substitution75
21
JaneczekBernhard Janeczek
16
BeqjaFabjan Beqja
Substitution63
Yellow Card64
22
FriesenbichlerKevin Friesenbichler
18
RrahmaniAmir Rrahmani

Coach

Werner Gregoritsch (AUT) Skënder Gega (ALB)

Referee

Mervyn Smyth (NIR)

Assistant referees

Richard Storey (NIR), Stephen Bell (NIR)

Fourth official

Mark Courtney (NIR)

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