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Serbia spoil Albania's big night

Published: Thursday 8 October 2015, 22.53CET
Albania 0-2 Serbia
Added-time goals from Aleksandar Kolarov and Adem Ljajić left Giovanni de Biasi's team needing three points in Armenia to qualify.

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Match statistics

AlbaniaSerbia

Goals scored0
2
Possession (%)49
 
51
Total attempts12
 
9
on target5
 
2
off target4
 
5
blocked3
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
2
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed21
 
16
Fouls suffered15
 
20

Standings

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Published: Thursday 8 October 2015, 22.53CET

Serbia spoil Albania's big night

Albania 0-2 Serbia
Added-time goals from Aleksandar Kolarov and Adem Ljajić left Giovanni de Biasi's team needing three points in Armenia to qualify.

  • Aleksandar Kolarov scores in added time to break Albania's spirits
  • Adem Ljajić makes it 2-0 on the break three minutes later
  • Result leaves Albania third, a point behind Denmark
  • Albania must win on Sunday to book a UEFA EURO 2016 place
  • Last games: Armenia v Albania, Serbia v Portugal (Sunday)

Stoppage-time goals from Aleksandar Kolarov and Adem Ljajić silenced a substantial crowd in Elbasan, Serbia's win leaving Albania with a tricky last-day task in UEFA EURO 2016 Group I.

Albania enjoyed the bulk of the first-half possession, but the visitors carried a more tangible threat. Branislav Ivanović blasted over after one smartly worked move from a corner, and Ljajić later had the ball in the net – his effort ruled out for Zoran Tošić's foul on goalkeeper Etrit Berisha.

A deluge just before half-time did not help to cool Albania down. Lorik Cana despaired after flashing one loose ball off target, and Taulant Xhaka had his head in his hands on the hour as his shot was deflected across goal after a rare lapse in the Serbian back line left him with a chance.

With Portugal taking the lead against Denmark, the stage was set for Albania to seize their finals place. One goal would have done it, and they went close; Sokol Çikalleshi's drive was pushed wide and Cana headed over from the resulting corner.

However, the end was even more agonising for Giovanni de Biasi's side. Not long after bending a free-kick just round the post, Kolarov beat Berisha with a low angled effort a minute into added time, and with Albania committing men forward, they were hit on the break, Ljajić haring through to clip the ball past the goalkeeper. Albania must now win in Armenia to be sure of going to their first major final tournament.

Last updated: 09/10/15 1.11CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014028/postmatch/report/index.html#serbia+thwart+albania

Lineups

Albania

Albania

Serbia

Serbia

1
BerishaEtrit Berisha (GK)
1
StojkovićVladimir Stojković (GK)
2
LilaAndi Lila
Substitution46
4
TomovićNenad Tomović
Yellow Card68
3
LenjaniErmir Lenjani
Substitution83
6
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović (C)
Substitution65
4
HysajElseid Hysaj
7
Z. TošićZoran Tošić
5
CanaLorik Cana (C)
Yellow Card16
9
A. MitrovićAleksandar Mitrović
Yellow Card90+3
6
XhimshitiBerat Xhimshiti
10
TadićDušan Tadić
Substitution54
7
AgolliAnsi Agolli
Yellow Card79
11
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
Goal90+1
8
BashaMigjen Basha
13
S. MitrovićStefan Mitrović
9
Memushaj                      Ledian Memushaj
16
MilivojevićLuka Milivojević
Yellow Card3
14
XhakaTaulant Xhaka
21
MatićNemanja Matić
Substitution73
19
BalajBekim Balaj
Substitution69
22
LjajićAdem Ljajić
Goal90+4

Substitutes

23
HoxhaAlban Hoxha (GK)
23
DmitrovićMarko Dmitrović (GK)
12
ShehiOrges Shehi (GK)
12
RajkovićPredrag Rajković (GK)
10
SadikuArmando Sadiku
2
ObradovićIvan Obradović
11
GashiShkëlzen Gashi
3
D. TošićDuško Tošić
Substitution65
13
KukeliBurim Kukeli
5
GudeljNemanja Gudelj
15
Arlind AjetiArlind Ajeti
8
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
Substitution54
16
ÇikalleshiSokol Çikalleshi
Substitution69
14
BrašanacDarko Brašanac
17
MehaAlban Meha
Substitution83
15
SpajićUroš Spajić
18
RrahmaniAmir Rrahmani
17
S. Milinković-SavićSergej Milinković-Savić
20
KaçeErgys Kaçe
Substitution46
18
KataiAleksandar Katai
21
RoshiOdise Roshi
19
FejsaLjubomir Fejsa
Substitution73
22
AbrashiAmir Abrashi
20
ŠkuletićPetar Škuletić

Coach

Giovanni de Biasi (ALB) Radovan Ćurčić (SRB)

Referee

Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Assistant referees

Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA), Mauro Tonolini (ITA)

Fourth official

Andrea Padovan (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Luca Banti (ITA), Antonio Damato (ITA)

Legend:

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution