European Championship

Romania 0-1 Albania

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport

Albania recorded their first major tournament win with victory in Lyon over Romania that gives them hope of reaching the Euro 2016 last 16.

Giovanni de Biasi's team finished their Group A campaign with three points and will now wait to see if they are one of the four best third-placed teams.

FC Zurich's Armando Sadiku scored the only goal of the game when he headed past keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu.

Romania's Florin Andone went close with a shot that came off the bar.

If Albania do reach the last 16 then they will face the winners of Group B, which contains England and Wales, or the winners of Group C, which includes Northern Ireland.

Which of the third-place teams could qualify for the last 16?

Group A

Hard work finally pays

Albania were unfortunate to lose against Switzerland and then France, but the well-drilled and robust outfit finally achieved what they deserved in their first major competition.

Their vibrant and passionate support, who have lit up this tournament, will be proud of the way their side have performed in France, capped off with this brilliant display at the Stade de Lyon.

Sunday's victory was their first over Romania since 1948, and judging by the first 25 minutes it seemed that the barren run would continue.

Romania dominated those opening moments, although Bogdan Stancu's volley was the only effort on target during that period.

Albania, on the other hand, posed a greater threat with the little possession they had. First Ermir Lenjani scooped over from three yards, before Ledian Memushaj fired straight at Tatarusanu after weaving through the defence.

They finally broke the seal just before half-time when striker Sadiku, who worked tirelessly all over the pitch, met Memushaj's cross at the far post and headed past the flapping Romania keeper.

Armando Sadiku's touchmap
Armando Sadiku's touchmap shows that he worked hard for his side during the 59 minutes he played

Romania get stage fright

Romania had 62% of possession and managed 16 shots but suffered from a lack of conviction in the final third.

Striker Denis Alibec, who helped FC Astra Giurgiu to the Romanian league title, failed to trouble Albania goalkeeper Etrit Berisha and came off with an injury in the 57th minute.

Genclerbirligi winger Bogdan Stancu, who had scored twice in Group A, only managed a firm first-half volley. The best chance fell to substitute Andone, who was unlucky with a fierce strike that bounced off the woodwork.

Some blame for their defeat must be attributed to 6ft 6in Fiorentina keeper Tatarusanu, whose handling was terrible and who should have dealt with Memushaj's cross that led to the goal.

Man of the match - Ledian Memushaj (Albania)

Ledian Memushaj
Ledian Memushaj was outstanding on the right for Albania - creating seven chances for his side

What the managers said

Albania manager Giovanni de Biasi: "I'm sure we gave huge joy to the Albanian fans. Not just the Albanians in Albania, but Albanians who live around the world.

"Wherever we go, we've found fans who just want to show support and gratitude for what we do.

"Today, we got what we could've got in the first two games - you need to score to get results.

"We contained a team that has quality and strength and conceded just two goals in qualifying. We got there with heart and quality. We played with our heads and mental strength. This is what I'd like us to do in every game."

Romania manager Anghel Iordanescu: "A loss is a loss and we're really sorry for what happened.

"We had many opportunities to score. We started the match well and controlled the game. Because of a mistake in our defence, we conceded a goal.

"In the second half, we tried to impose our style of play and take possession. If we'd scored, perhaps the game would've been different. The Albanian supporters gave energy to the Albania team and that helped them to score."

The stats you need to know

  • Romania had 14 shots from outside the box - only Portugal vs Iceland (15) have had more in a game at Euro 2016.
  • Romania have only kept one clean sheet in their 16 European Championship matches (0-0 v France at Euro 2008).
  • Albania had more shots on target (3) in the first half of this game than they managed in their previous two matches combined (2).
  • Romania have been eliminated at the group stage of the European Championship in four of their five participations (1984, 1996, 2008 and 2016).
  • Albania defeated Romania for the first time since May 1948, ending a 13-game winless run against them.
  • Ledian Memushaj created seven chances in the game - only Dimitri Payet (eight) v Romania has created more in a game at Euro 2016.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Tatarusanu
  • 22SapunaruBooked at 85mins
  • 6Chiriches
  • 21Grigore
  • 2MatelBooked at 53mins
  • 18PrepelitaSubstituted forSanmarteanat 45'minutes
  • 5Hoban
  • 20PopaSubstituted forAndoneat 68'minutes
  • 10Stanciu
  • 19Stancu
  • 9AlibecSubstituted forTorjeat 57'minutesBooked at 90mins


  • 1Pantilimon
  • 3Rat
  • 4Moti
  • 7Chipciu
  • 8Pintilii
  • 11Torje
  • 13Keseru
  • 14Andone
  • 15Gaman
  • 16Filip
  • 17Sanmartean
  • 23Lung Jr.


Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Berisha
  • 4HysajBooked at 90mins
  • 18Ajeti
  • 15Mavraj
  • 7Agolli
  • 8BashaBooked at 6minsSubstituted forCanaat 83'minutes
  • 2Lila
  • 22Abrashi
  • 9MemushajBooked at 85mins
  • 3LenjaniSubstituted forRoshiat 77'minutes
  • 10SadikuSubstituted forBalajat 59'minutes


  • 5Cana
  • 6Veseli
  • 11Gashi
  • 12Shehi
  • 14Xhaka
  • 16Cikalleshi
  • 17Aliji
  • 19Balaj
  • 20Kace
  • 21Roshi
  • 23Hoxha
Pavel Kralovec

Match Stats

Home TeamRomaniaAway TeamAlbania
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Romania 0, Albania 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Romania 0, Albania 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Albania. Conceded by Ciprian Tatarusanu.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Amir Abrashi (Albania) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nicolae Stanciu (Romania) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ovidiu Hoban.

  6. Booking

    Elseid Hysaj (Albania) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Booking

    Gabriel Torje (Romania) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lorik Cana (Albania) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ledian Memushaj.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Cristian Sapunaru (Romania).

  10. Post update

    Ledian Memushaj (Albania) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Albania. Conceded by Cristian Sapunaru.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Dragos Grigore (Romania).

  13. Post update

    Bekim Balaj (Albania) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Bogdan Stancu (Romania).

  15. Post update

    Ledian Memushaj (Albania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andi Lila (Albania) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ledian Memushaj with a cross following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Albania. Conceded by Lucian Sanmartean.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Amir Abrashi (Albania) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Odise Roshi.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mergim Mavraj (Albania) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ledian Memushaj with a cross following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Albania. Conceded by Ovidiu Hoban.

As It Stood






3Northern Ireland21012113


3Czech Rep201123-11


4R. of Ireland201114-31


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