Croatia tangle in European Cup against courageous Albania

Croatia tangle in European Cup against courageous Albania

A defensive error in extra time allowed the Albanian team to score 2-2 for the second round of Group B of the competition.

Croatia let victory slip away in the final and ended up drawing 2-2 against Albania for the second date of the Euro 2024 group stage. .

The defeat suffered by both teams in their first matches forced them to seek victory at all costs. Of course, from the start everyone’s proposal was made manifest.

As the chess players took control of the ball, the Albanians showed a tight defensive approach that tried to take advantage of a mistake from their rival to quickly counterattack.

And so the first goal of the match came in the 11th minute. Jasir Asani caught the ball in the right sector and sent a cross into the box. Sparta Prague midfielder Qazim Laci appeared on the spot to anticipate the defenders and deflect the ball with his head to beat the Croatian resistance. .

Faced with this situation, the team led by Luka Modric continued the siege, but was about to suffer again in the defensive zone. In the 31st minute, Kristjan Asllani fired a powerful shot at the near post and goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic tried his luck by diving to his right, preventing the goal.

At the end of the first half, Rey Manaj had the opportunity to convert with a header, but once again the goalkeeper was attentive to avoid the conquest.

In the second half, one of the clearest options presented itself to Croatia. Luka Sucic (50th) appears in the area and finishes, but this time Thomas Strakosha stops.

Parity arrives at 74′. Andrej Kramaric found the ball in the left sector, hooked it and positioned himself to finish at the far post, but surprised the entire defense by defining the first, leaving the Albanian goalkeeper standing. .

And just two minutes later, Croatia managed to take the lead on the scoreboard. Luka Sucic received a cross from the left sector and fired a shot very close to the six-yard box. The ball bounced off the goalkeeper and then defender Klaus Gjasula and sent it into his own goal. .

Of course, the Albanian team managed to take revenge. At minute 90+5′, Gjasula took advantage of a defensive error in the rival area and transformed the final score 2-2. .

With this result, the two teams have one point and will have to play their last chance to qualify on the last date of Group B.

At the next meeting, Croatia will face Italy, while the Albanians will do the same against Spain.

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Source: Latercera

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