• FT

    Israel

    0

    Greece

    1

  • FT

    Lithuania

    0

    Liechtenstei

    0

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    Finland

    4

    Moldova

    1

  • FT

    Andorra

    0

    Armenia

    3

  • FT

    Azerbaijan

    1

    Belgium

    1

  • FT

    Russia

    1

    Macedonia

    0

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    Georgia

    0

    Latvia

    1

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    Malta

    1

    Croatia

    3

  • FT

    Turkey

    2

    Kazakhstan

    1

  • FT

    Belarus

    0

    Bosnia-Herz

    2

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    Luxembourg

    0

    Romania

    2

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    Hungary

    2

    Sweden

    1

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    Norway

    1

    Iceland

    0

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    Bulgaria

    0

    England

    3

  • FT

    Netherlands

    11

    San Marino

    0

  • FT

    Cyprus

    0

    Portugal

    4

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    Faroe Island

    0

    Italy

    1

  • FT

    Germany

    6

    Austria

    2

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    N Ireland

    0

    Serbia

    1

  • FT

    Rep of Ire

    0

    Slovakia

    0

  • FT

    Slovenia

    1

    Estonia

    2

  • FT

    Wales

    2

    Montenegro

    1

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    Albania

    1

    France

    2

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING

Qemal Stafa

Referee: Aleksei Nikolaev | Attendance: 19600

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Albania

  • Erjon Bogdani 46'

1 - 2

FT

France

  • Karim Benzema 11'
  • Yann M'Vila 18'

French cling on for win

France had to cling on in Tirana as three points against Albania moved Laurent

Blanc's team closer to an automatic place at Euro 2012.

Early goals from Karim Benzema and Yann M'Vila looked to have put Les Bleus in

complete control inside the first quarter of the match, but Albania rocked the

visitors with a reply from Erjon Bogdani in the opening minute of the second

half.

The hosts had chances to net an equaliser but France stayed ahead.

And after starting the day with a one-point cushion over Belarus at the top of

Group D, France now hold a three-point lead over their new nearest challengers

Bosnia and Herzegovina, who won 2-0 in Minsk.

Blanc's side travel to face Romania on Tuesday before finishing their group

campaign with home matches against tonight's opponents and Bosnia and

Herzegovina.

France led from the 12th minute when Benzema, who left training early yesterday

due to a minor ankle problem, showed he was unaffected by the knock.

The Real Madrid striker forced Samir Ujkani to make a superb parry initially

before firing home at the second attempt.

Hamdi Salihi drilled a shot over the France bar, before it became 2-0 after 18

minutes.

Benzema fed the ball to M'Vila, and the midfielder drove a right-footed shot

from 20 yards into the top-left corner.

M'Vila almost struck again but his next attempt was blocked by Lorik Cana.

At the other end Younes Kaboul got his body in the way of a shot from Ervin

Skela, before Agolli's fierce effort forced Hugo Lloris to tip the ball behind

for a corner.

Albania were almost three goals behind when Franck Ribery's 20-yard free-kick

looked like finding the net, only for Ujkani to make a superb stop.

But the hosts were back in the contest from the start of the second half as

Bogdani planted a right-footed shot into the French net from 12 yards.

Lloris saved with comfort from Ervin Bulku, Jahmir Hyka and Kristi Vangjeli,

while Ribery put a shot wide for France and Florent Malouda lifted a shot too

high.

France hit the post twice in the closing 10 minutes, through a header by Kaboul

and a shot from Samir Nasri, but Albania had a chance too.

Elis Bakaj found space to meet a cross from Ansi Agolli, only for Lloris to

make the vital catch from his header.

Scoring Summary

  • Albania
  • France

Match Stats

  • Albania
  • France
7(6) Shots (on goal) 8(3)
12 Fouls 9
4 Corner kicks 4
1 Offsides 2
52% Time of Possession 48%
3 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 7

Teams

  • Albania
  • France
Substitutes
Substitutions
Yellow Cards
Admir Teli (36')
Armend Dallku (49')
Lorik Cana (65')