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Spain pick up the pace against Albania

Published: Monday 18 November 2013, 16.45CET
Albania 0-2 Spain
Iker Muniain and Gerard Deulofeu struck in the second half as Julen Lopetegui's visitors maintained their 100% start to Group 4.
by Lysien Nurishmi
from Ruzhdi Bizhuta Stadium
Spain pick up the pace against Albania
Albania's Ergys Kace and Spain's Óliver Torres compete in Elbasan ©Lysien Nurishmi

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Published: Monday 18 November 2013, 16.45CET

Spain pick up the pace against Albania

Albania 0-2 Spain
Iker Muniain and Gerard Deulofeu struck in the second half as Julen Lopetegui's visitors maintained their 100% start to Group 4.

Class told in Elbasan as second-half goals from Iker Muniain and Gerard Deulofeu secured a sixth successive UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group 4 victory for Julen Lopetegui's side.

Albania gave their illustrious guests a run for their money in the first half, but there was no way back after Athletic Club forward Muniain scored on the break on 66 minutes, tapping in Álvaro Morata's cross. There were more chances before the final whistle, and Deulofeu eventually put the tie to bed with a neat diagonal shot two minutes from the end.

The first half was slow, with Blerim Kotobelli going reasonably close with a 20-metre shot at one end before Morata had an effort blocked inside the area at the other. Both sides rose to the task a little after the break, with Muniain making the breakthrough. Herolind Shala passed up a chance to level, and Aldo Teqja did well to block substitute Jairo Samperio's shot for Spain, but the pacy visitors held on with the help of Deulofeu's finish.

Last updated: 05/06/15 6.04CET

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Lineups

Albania

Albania

Spain

Spain

1
TeqjaAldo Teqja (GK)
1
PachecoFernando Pacheco (GK)
4
PrençiElvis Prençi
2
CarvajalDani Carvajal
5
GjokajValentin Gjokaj
Yellow Card36
3
BernatJuan Bernat
7
ShalaHerolind Shala
4
Sergi GómezSergi Gómez
8
KaçeErgys Kaçe (C)
5
AmatJordi Amat
Yellow Card45+1
9
ShkurtajVasil Shkurtaj
6
CampañaJosé Campaña
Substitution79
10
GinoKlodian Gino
Substitution59
7
MuniainIker Muniain (C)
Goal66
Substitution86
11
KrujaArsid Kruja
Substitution46
8
Sergi RobertoSergi Roberto
Yellow Card68
Substitution69
14
KotobelliBlerim Kotobelli
Yellow Card63
9
MorataÁlvaro Morata
18
BathaIdriz Batha
Yellow Card34
Substitution79
10
Óliver TorresÓliver Torres
19
HysajElseid Hysaj
11
DeulofeuGerard Deulofeu
Goal88

Substitutes

12
CakaMarsel Caka (GK)
13
SotresDani Sotres (GK)
2
FejzullahuArbnor Fejzullahu
12
SamperioJairo Samperio
Substitution86
3
RrahmaniAmir Rrahmani
Substitution79
14
Marc MuniesaMarc Muniesa
13
QaqiHarallamb Qaqi
15
Javi ManquilloJavi Manquillo
15
MuriqiVedat Muriqi
Substitution59
16
Saúl ÑíguezSaúl Ñíguez
Substitution69
16
ImamiEni Imami
17
Sergi DarderSergi Darder
Substitution79
17
BardullaFlorind Bardulla
Substitution46
18
Carles GilCarles Gil

Coach

Skënder Gega (ALB) Julen Lopetegui (ESP)

Referee

Marios Panayi (CYP)

Assistant referees

Marios Dimitriadis (CYP), Michael Tsentis (CYP)

Fourth official

Antonis Christodoulou (CYP)

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