Tirana, 10 October 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
The Albanian national football team seemed as if was turning into the star of the group in the qualifying matches of the 2018 World Cup which will be played in Russia.
Albania ranked first, but this was a fake glory which lasted very little.
In a match against Spain in Shkoder, the red and blacks were defeated 2-0. The goals were scored within 8 minutes in the second half, by Diego Costa on the 55th and Nolito on the 63rd minute.
The Spanish advantage came as a result of a number of errors by the Albanian side and above all, following an error by goalkeeper clearing the ball.
In front of an Albanian team which focused on defence, albeit failing, was an attacking Spain, which didn’t give up on its efforts to score.
Thus, Sunday’s defeat showed that the draw between Spain and Italy was the only thing that made Albania top of the group for a couple of days.
In other matches of the group, Italy defeated FYROM 2-3. Spain and Italy’s victories put them at the top of Group G, while Albania holds the third place with six points, a point less than the leaders of the group.
Meanwhile, Israel too, which is on the fourth place, has six points.
De Biasi: We gave Spain the victory
The coach of the Albanian national side, Gianni De Biasi said that he felt sorry for the defeat against Spain. He said that the team was penalized by the mistakes made. “We somehow gave them the victory, as I believe that in the first half, we did maintain some sort of order in our game and didn’t allow much space to the Spaniards. But on the second half we made a mistake and lost the ball. A team with the quality of Spain knows how to take advantage of these scenarios. The saddest thing is that we scored our own goal in a way, because the team deserved to concede a goal in another way”, De Biasi said after the match. /balkaneu.com/