France Tops Group As Albania Make History

France have qualified for the quarter finals of the Euro 2016 as group leaders after playing out a 0-0 draw against Switzerland last night in Lille.

This was Pogba‘s best performance of the tournament, which may not be saying much, but he dominated the first half during which France played their best football. He nearly scored three goals, nearly set another one up, and looked as if he wanted to dominate the match and the tournament from here. But even all of this play came to nothing, and when Payet came on in the second half, in that left-wing role, it squeezed Pogba’s space again.

Albania celebrating after the game
Albania celebrating after the game

The problem with France, so far, is that they cannot always turn their good play into goals and this was another good spell that they did not take full advantage of. It was also another scoreless first half and an opportunity to finally assert themselves on a game go to waste.

France had their moments in the second half but couldn’t break down a resilient Swizz side.When Dimitri Payet stood over a free-kick with three minutes left it felt as if he was going to produce yet another moment of match-winning inspiration, to rescue his manager once again. But his free-kick hit Moussa Sissoko and rolled away for a goal-kick.

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Armando Sadiku‘s first-half header clinched Albania their maiden win at a major tournament and first against Romania in 68 years to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the Euro 2016 knockout stages.Sadiku headed home two minutes before half-time to seal a famous Group A victory for Gianni De Biasi’s minnows that could see them progress as one of the best third-placed teams.

Romania, the first country to bow out of the tournament and who last lost to Albania in 1948, went in search of an equaliser in the second half but despite hitting a post through substitute Florin Andone, they rarely tested Albania goalkeeper Etrit Berisha.

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