An unfortunate Albania draw at home against Norway
Last minutes still fatal. Albania is joined by Norway at the 87 ′ by the goal of defender Høgli, thus wasting the chance to take the lead in the Group E standings. As in the first leg, the Rossoneri played a great game, despite important absences such as Lorik Cana and Andi Lila by suspension and Burim Kukeli, Alban Meha and Debatik Curri due to injury. They deserved the victory, but the curse of the last minutes struck again. Norway equalized at 3 minutes from the end with the first and only shot on goal of the match.
A game dominated by the first minutes with many opportunities wasted by the hosts. The goal of the momentary advantage comes to 41 ′ of the first time with Rama, in his first presence in the national team, that with a personal action on the left, breaks into the area and beats the Norwegian goalkeeper Jarstein. Even in the second half, the best chances are always for Albania, which in the middle of the second half almost doubled on several occasions, but the most sensational one is Salihi's 67 header with goalkeeper Jarstein, the best of his, who deviates on crossbar. And after the many occasions wasted by the hosts, the guests are more cynical and find the draw at 87 'with the only shot on goal.
Sadness and disappointment among the fans, who for the first time in history dream of a place in Brazil 2014. A draw that burns but doesn't close our doors to the World Cup. We are still second with 10 points, a point above Iceland that yesterday lost at home against Slovenia, and a point under Switzerland engaged today against Cyprus.
Classification Group E
Switzerland 11 (one game less)
Cyprus 4 (one game less)
Next challenges: Slovenia - Albania the 6 September and Iceland - Albania the 10 September.
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