Courageous Albania Defeated by Italy in 'Loro Boriçi'
Albanian Daily News
Published October 10, 2017
Albanian National Team made a highly qualitative performance in the final match of the qualifiers for the 'World Cup 2018' against Italy but failed to come out with a positive result. The challenge which took place in Shkodra's "Loro Boriçi" stadium ended with 0-1 score in favor of the Italians that as always proved their efficiency even when not in the best physical shape.
The first half spoke mostly about Albanian team that neared the goal in three different episodes while Italy had only one chance to score through Immobile. Even during the 2nd half Panucci's boys made several attempts to score but failed to find the net.
The match's fate was defined at 73rd minute when a long assist given to Antonio Candreva by Spinazzola gave the lead to Italy.
However Albania managed to preserve the third place in this group fulfilling the objective set in the early days of these qualifiers. Meantime the Italians will have to wait for the play-off matches in order to learn if they will participate in 'World Cup 2018' in Russia.