Stadiumi Kombëtar Qemal Stafa - Tirana 07/09/2012 - 20:30CET (20:30 local time)

Qualifying round - Group E

Albania - Cyprus
3-1
 

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Albania leave it late against Cyprus

Published: Saturday 8 September 2012, 0.35CET
Albania 3-1 Cyprus
Substitutes Edgar Çani and Erjon Bogdani struck in the last six minutes as Albania opened FIFA World Cup qualifying with a hard-fought victory.
Albania leave it late against Cyprus
Edgar Çani, pictured in action for club side Polonia Warszawa, made it 2-1 in Tirana ©Cyfrasport

Match statistics

Albania
Cyprus

3

Goals scored

1

9

Total attempts

1

3

Attempts on target

1

6

off target

0

0

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

1

Corners

3

0

Offsides

0

4

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

5

Fouls committed

7

5

Fouls suffered

5

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 19:13 CET

Legend:

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Published: Saturday 8 September 2012, 0.35CET

Albania leave it late against Cyprus

Albania 3-1 Cyprus
Substitutes Edgar Çani and Erjon Bogdani struck in the last six minutes as Albania opened FIFA World Cup qualifying with a hard-fought victory.

Substitutes Edgar Çani and Erjon Bogdani struck in the last six minutes as Albania opened FIFA World Cup qualifying with a hard-fought 3-1 win against Cyprus.

The sides were evenly matched throughout, exchanging goals from first-half free-kicks courtesy of Armando Sadiku and Cyprus debutant Vincent Laban. The hosts gradually began to dominate, however, and Çani and Bogdani finally broke through the barricades to delight the noisy support.

Albania started brightly in Tirana, fashioning good openings for Hamdi Salihi and Alban Meha before Sadiku rifled in on 36 minutes. Cyprus responded before the break, keeping up the pressure until the fifth minute of added time when French-born midfielder Laban beat goalkeeper Samir Ujkani with a sweet strike.

The visitors, forced to replace injured goalkeeper Antonis Giorgallides with Christakis Mastrou at the interval, almost snatched an unlikely lead before the hour when Emilian Vila's scuffed clearance bounced off the post with Ujkani stranded; Lorik Cana was on hand to clear the danger.

That was the closest the visitors came, and they could conjure no reply when Mastrou's ill-timed run off his line allowed Çani to head his team ahead. Instead, Bogdani made sure three minutes later, smashing a 25-metre strike into Mastrou's top-right corner.

Albania travel to Switzerland on Tuesday, when Cyprus attempt to kick-start their Group E campaign at home to Iceland.

Last updated: 08/05/14 8.43CET

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