• Ardian Ismajli 16'
1
Regular Season
Finished
  • Giovanni Di Lorenzo 20'
  • Vincenzo Grifo 25', 64'
3
ALB
ITA
KO
  • ALBANIA LEAD! Rising imperiously above Bonucci near the penalty spot, Ismajli meets a pinpoint free-kick by Bajrami from the right with a powerful header past Meret! He thumps the ball in off the crossbar and gives his nation a one-goal lead: Albania 1-0 Italy - the shock is on!
    Albania
    Goal
    ALB - Ardian Ismajli
    16'
  • ITALY EQUALISE! Arriving at speed from the right flank, Di Lorenzo storms towards the six-yard box and steers home an inswinging cross from Grifo past a helpless Berisha from close range! Totally unmarked, the Napoli captain puts La Nazional back on level terms in Tirana: 1-1!
    Italy
    Goal
    ITA - Giovanni Di Lorenzo
    20'
  • ITALY GO IN FRONT! What a turnaround in Tirana! A clever cutback from Raspadori, who unselfishly offloads the ball in the area, picks out Grifo unmarked near the penalty spot, and the Bundesliga-based striker stays cool to slot the ball home; making it 2-1 to the Azzurri!
    Italy
    Goal
    ITA - Vincenzo Grifo
    25'
  • After a delay, while Italy continue with 10 men, the injured Tonali is finally replaced by Ricci.
    Italy
    Italy
    Substitution
    Substitution - Out8 - Sandro Tonali
    Substitution - In0 - Samuele Ricci
    47'
  • Penalised for a foul right at the end of the half, Kumbulla is shown a yellow card by the referee.
    Albania
    Yellow card
    ALB - Marash Kumbulla
    48'
HT
  • A downcast Broja limps off the pitch, as he has picked up an injury and is withdrawn by Reja; Roshi is his replacement.
    Albania
    Albania
    Substitution
    Substitution - Out0 - Armando Broja
    Substitution - In0 - Odise Roshi
    51'
  • After heating up the combustible Verratti with some close physical attention, a multi-player scuffle kicks off, and Bare ultimately sees yellow.
    Albania
    Yellow card
    ALB - Keidi Bare
    61'
  • After a couple of questionable challenges on either side, Verratti loses his head and grabs Bare by the shirt. A melee ensues, and by the time order is restored, the PSG midfielder is shown a yellow card.
    Italy
    Yellow card
    ITA - Marco Verratti
    61'
  • GRIFO STRIKES AGAIN! After survivng another scare, Italy go 3-1 up, as Verratti's heavily deflected low cross from the right rolls into the path of Grifo inside the area, and the in-form forward scores his second goal of the game! Picking out the far corner, Berisha was left with no chance!
    Italy
    Goal
    ITA - Vincenzo Grifo
    64'
  • Perhaps partly due to frustration at conceding another goal, Roshi picks up a booking for a reckless challenge in midfield.
    Albania
    Yellow card
    ALB - Odise Roshi
    65'
  • Nedim Bajrami, who set up the opening goal, is also replaced; Inter midfielder Asllani comes on instead.
    Albania
    Albania
    Substitution
    Substitution - Out0 - Ardian Ismajli
    Substitution - In0 - Adrian Bajrami
    Albania
    Albania
    Substitution
    Substitution - Out0 - Nedim Bajrami
    Substitution - In0 - Kristjan Asllani
    71'
  • Zaniolo also makes way; the breakthrough star of Juventus' recent revival, Fagioli, is offered a cameo appearance.
    Italy
    Italy
    Substitution
    Substitution - Out0 - Nicolò Zaniolo
    Substitution - In34 - Nicolò Fagioli
    Italy
    Italy
    Substitution
    Substitution - Out0 - Vincenzo Grifo
    Substitution - In0 - Wilfried Gnonto
    77'
  • Following a superb display up front, Grifo is given a rest; Gnonto will provide some fresh legs for the Azzurri.
    Albania
    Albania
    Substitution
    Substitution - Out0 - Amir Abrashi
    Substitution - In0 - Ylber Ramadani
    77'
  • Booked today, and an irritant to the Italians for most of the second half, Bare makes way for Laci.
    Albania
    Albania
    Substitution
    Substitution - Out0 - Keidi Bare
    Substitution - In0 - Qazim Laçi
    87'
  • Reja also makes a switch up front: Uzuni makes way for Skuka.
    Albania
    Albania
    Substitution
    Substitution - Out0 - Myrto Uzuni
    Substitution - In0 - Xhuliano Skuka
    88'
  • The first of an Italy triple substitution sees Raspadori replaced by Chiesa, who only recently returned to fitness after almost a year on the sidelines.
    Italy
    Italy
    Substitution
    Substitution - Out0 - Marco Verratti
    Substitution - In0 - Simone Pafundi
    90'
  • A striker, Pinamonti, comes on for Italy captain Bonucci.
    Italy
    Italy
    Substitution
    Substitution - Out0 - Leonardo Bonucci
    Substitution - In0 - Andrea Pinamonti
    91'
FT
Albania
Match stats
Italy
34%
Possession
66%
19
Shots
13
7
Shots (On goal)
5
5
Corners
4
2
Saves
5
20
Fouls
20

Line-ups

0
Etrit Berisha
0
Elseid Hysaj
0
Ermir Lenjani
0
Enea Mihaj
0
Marash Kumbulla
0
Ardian Ismajli
0
Keidi Bare
0
Amir Abrashi
0
Myrto Uzuni
0
Armando Broja
0
Nedim Bajrami
Albania
5-3-2
0
Alex Meret
0
Giovanni Di Lorenzo
0
Federico Dimarco
0
Alessandro Bastoni
0
Leonardo Bonucci
0
Giorgio Scalvini
0
Marco Verratti
8
Sandro Tonali
0
Giacomo Raspadori
0
Nicolò Zaniolo
0
Vincenzo Grifo
2x
Italy
3-4-3

Team stats

Albania

GoalkeepersGGCSAV
032
ForwardsGGASFCFW
Myrto Uzuni
88'
00212
Armando Broja
51'
00021
MidfieldersGGASFCFW
87'
00156
77'
00021
Nedim Bajrami
71'
01200
DefendersGGASFCFW
00011
00311
Enea Mihaj
00102
Marash Kumbulla
00122
71'
16'
10101
SubstitutesGGASFCFW
51'(Armando Broja)
00231
Kristjan Asllani
71'(Nedim Bajrami)
00000
Adrian Bajrami
71'(Ardian Ismajli)
00010
77'(Amir Abrashi)
00121
87'(Keidi Bare)
00000
Xhuliano Skuka
88'(Myrto Uzuni)
00200
Arbnor Mucolli
00000
Eneo Bitri
00000
Enis Çokaj
00000
Ernest Muçi
00000
Andi Hadroj
00000
Erdenis Gurishta
00000
Tedi Cara
00000
000--
Gentian Selmani
000--

Italy

GoalkeepersGGCSAV
015
ForwardsGGASFCFW
Giacomo Raspadori
90'
01120
77'
00541
77'
25',
64'
21400
MidfieldersGGASFCFW
20'
10110
00113
90'
00034
Sandro Tonali
47'
00011
DefendersGGASFCFW
00051
Giorgio Scalvini
00010
91'
00011
SubstitutesGGASFCFW
Samuele Ricci
47'(Sandro Tonali)
00013
Wilfried Gnonto
77'(Vincenzo Grifo)
00000
Nicolò Fagioli
77'(Nicolò Zaniolo)
00001
Simone Pafundi
90'(Marco Verratti)
00001
90'(Giacomo Raspadori)
00000
91'(Leonardo Bonucci)
00001
Federico Gatti
00000
Fabio Miretti
00000
00000
00000
00000
Pasquale Mazzocchi
00000
00000
000--
Guglielmo Vicario
000--