European Championship Qualifying - Group I
Armenia0Albania3

Armenia 0-3 Albania

Lorik Cana
Albania have never qualified for a major tournament before

Albania qualified for a major tournament for the first time in their history as victory in Armenia secured their place at Euro 2016.

A Kamo Hovhannisyan own goal set them on their way, with Ledian Memushaj adding a second from a free-kick and Armando Sadiku tapping home a third.

The win means Albania leapfrog Denmark into second place in Group I.

Portugal - who had already qualified as group winners - won 2-1 against Serbia, who had two men sent off.

Manchester City's Aleksandar Kolarov was shown two yellow cards and Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic was given a straight red for violent conduct after taking a frustrated swipe at Portugal's Andre Andre.

Group I Table

Portugal rested captain Cristiano Ronaldo for the game in Serbia, having already secured top spot in Group I and qualification with a game to spare.

Ronaldo's former Manchester United team-mate Luis Nani gave them an early lead with a left-foot finish, but Zoran Tosic equalised for Serbia with a powerful first-time strike in the second half.

Substitute Joao Moutinho scored Portugal's winner with a shot from the edge of the box 12 minutes from the end.

Albania's win means Denmark finish third in the group, and will face a play-off to qualify for France next summer.

Line-ups

Armenia

  • 12Kasparov
  • 13Hovhannisyan
  • 3Haroyan
  • 5ArzumanyanBooked at 17mins
  • 2AndonianBooked at 82mins
  • 18Mkhitaryan
  • 17YuspashyanBooked at 27minsSubstituted forÖzbilizat 45'minutes
  • 6Mkrtchyan
  • 10GhazaryanSubstituted forPogosyanat 83'minutes
  • 8Pizzelli
  • 14MovsisyanSubstituted forSarkisovat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Beglaryan
  • 4Voskanyan
  • 7Grigoryan
  • 9Pogosyan
  • 11Sarkisov
  • 15Simonyan
  • 16Aslanyan-Mamedov
  • 19Hambardzumyan
  • 20Hayrapetyan
  • 21Manoyan
  • 22Manukyan
  • 23Özbiliz

Albania

  • 1Berisha
  • 4Hysaj
  • 5Cana
  • 6DjimsitiBooked at 64mins
  • 7AlijiBooked at 52mins
  • 8BashaBooked at 80minsSubstituted forAbrashiat 87'minutes
  • 14Xhaka
  • 9MemushajSubstituted forKukeliat 73'minutes
  • 21Roshi
  • 16CikalleshiSubstituted forSadikuat 59'minutes
  • 11Gashi

Substitutes

  • 2Rrahmani
  • 3Lenjani
  • 10Sadiku
  • 12Shehi
  • 13Kukeli
  • 15Ajeti
  • 17Shala
  • 18Salihi
  • 19Balaj
  • 20Kace
  • 22Abrashi
  • 23Hoxha
Referee:
Szymon Marciniak

Match Stats

Home TeamArmeniaAway TeamAlbania
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Armenia 0, Albania 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Armenia 0, Albania 3.

Aras Özbiliz (Armenia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Burim Kukeli (Albania).

Foul by Varazdat Haroyan (Armenia).

Armando Sadiku (Albania) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Odise Roshi (Albania) because of an injury.

Foul by Varazdat Haroyan (Armenia).

Armando Sadiku (Albania) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Shkelzen Gashi (Albania) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Armando Sadiku.

Attempt missed. Aras Özbiliz (Armenia) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Albania. Amir Abrashi replaces Migjen Basha.

Karlen Mkrtchyan (Armenia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Armando Sadiku (Albania).

Offside, Armenia. Varazdat Haroyan tries a through ball, but Vardan Pogosyan is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Armenia. Vardan Pogosyan replaces Gevorg Ghazaryan.

Booking

Gael Andonian (Armenia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gael Andonian (Armenia).

Migjen Basha (Albania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Marcos Pizzelli (Armenia) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Migjen Basha (Albania) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gevorg Ghazaryan (Armenia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Migjen Basha (Albania).

Artur Sarkisov (Armenia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Taulant Xhaka (Albania).

Goal!

Goal! Armenia 0, Albania 3. Armando Sadiku (Albania) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Karlen Mkrtchyan (Armenia) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marcos Pizzelli with a cross.

Foul by Marcos Pizzelli (Armenia).

Migjen Basha (Albania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Armenia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kamo Hovhannisyan.

Substitution

Substitution, Albania. Burim Kukeli replaces Ledian Memushaj.

Karlen Mkrtchyan (Armenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Odise Roshi (Albania).

Attempt saved. Marcos Pizzelli (Armenia) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Gael Andonian.

Attempt missed. Armando Sadiku (Albania) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Elseid Hysaj.

Corner, Albania. Conceded by Gevorg Kasparov.

Attempt blocked. Aras Özbiliz (Armenia) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is blocked.

Robert Arzumanyan (Armenia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Shkelzen Gashi (Albania).

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Iceland96211751220
2Czech Rep96121612419
3Turkey9432139415
4Netherlands94141511413
5Latvia9054618-125
6Kazakhstan9027618-122

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium96212141720
2Wales953194518
3Bos-Herze94231410414
4Israel94141511413
5Cyprus94051414012
6Andorra9009434-300

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain98012231924
2Slovakia9612136719
3Ukraine96121431119
4Belarus9315814-610
5Luxembourg9117423-194
6Macedonia9108618-123

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany107122491522
2Poland1063133102321
3R. of Ireland105321971218
4Scotland1043322121015
5Georgia103071016-69
6Gibraltar100010256-540

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England99002832527
2Switzerland96032381518
3Slovenia94141611513
4Estonia931548-410
5Lithuania9315715-810
6San Marino9018134-331

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northern Ireland10631168821
2Romania10550112920
3Hungary10442119216
4Finland10334910-112
5Faroe Islands10208617-116
6Greece10136714-76

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria98101951425
2Russia95221951417
3Sweden9432139415
4Montenegro93241011-111
5Liechtenstein9126223-215
6Moldova9027414-102

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy9630146821
2Norway9612128419
3Croatia95311951417
4Bulgaria9225712-58
5Azerbaijan9135716-96
6Malta9027315-122

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portugal8701115621
2Albania8422105514
3Denmark833285312
4Serbia8215813-54
5Armenia8026514-92
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