Albania


10:41 PM

90’+4′ – THE GAME ENDS, ITALY WINS

After four minutes of added time, the match between Albania and Italy ends with a 3-1 victory for the Azzurri. Ismajli’s goal in the opening, then Di Lorenzo and Grifo’s brace drop the trio.


10:35 pm

90′ – Debut for Pafundi and Pinamonti, Chiesa is back

Last changes for Mancini: two debuts, Pafundi (born in 2006) and Pinamonti, and the return of Chiesa after the injury.


10:33 pm

88′ – Skuka’s overhead kick

As soon as he entered, Skuka almost scored a Euro goal, rejected by Meret.


10:23 pm

78′ – Debut for Fagioli, Gnonto too

Mancini makes Fagioli debut with Italy and also inserts Gnonto, Zaniolo and Grifo leave.


10:21 PM

76′ – Dimarco on the fly, Meret saves

Verratti scoops for Dimarco who shoots very well on the fly, finding Berisha’s answer. On the other hand, Roshi tries, but Meret is once again attentive.


10:17 pm

71′ – Asllani enters

Reja gives space to Inter midfielder Asllani, Bajrami goes out.


10:10pm

64′ – TRIS ITALIA, GRIFO DOUBLE!

Goal eaten, goal conceded: Italy drops the trio with Grifo, who scores twice. Ball from Verratti for the attacker who finds the farthest corner in the round.


10:08 pm

62′ – ANOTHER CROSS BAR FOR ALBANIA

Albania very close to equal with Bajrami, who hits another crossbar. On the rejected Lenjani kicks with a sure shot but finds the save on the Bonucci line.


10:06pm

60′ – Fight on the pitch

Bare holds back Verratti, who reacts: a fight ensues in the middle of the field. The other players intervene and separate the two, admonished by the referee.


10pm

54′ – ALSO CROSSES FOR ALBANIA

Even Albania with Roshi (entered for Broja) hits the crossbar and scares Italy.


21:58

52′ – GRIFO CROSS!

Grifo nearly scored twice and hit the crossbar after dribbling free in the area.


21:55

49′ – Kumbulla engages Meret

In an offensive projection, Kumbulla hits with a header, stimulating Meret’s reflexes.


21:52

46′ – THE SECOND HALF BEGINS

It starts again without changes.


21:34

45’+4′ – The first half ends

After four minutes after the 45th minute, the first half ended with Italy ahead. Di Lorenzo and Grifo were decisive to overturn Ismajli’s goal. The only drawback is Tonali’s injury, who went out on a stretcher.


9.30pm

45’+2′ – ZANIOLO POST

Still on the Raspadori-Zaniolo axis, the Roma forward hit the outside post from inside the area: unlucky.


21:27

Tonali, jumping with his head, falls badly on the ground and hits his neck and head with force. The intervention of the stretcher is needed to take him away from the field, in Ricci’s place.


21:20

35′ – Zaniolo-Raspadori agreement

Velo di Zaniolo for Raspadori, who turns and kicks, saves Berisha. But that he understood between the two strikers of Italy, who now commands the game.


21:10

25′ – DOUBLING OF ITALY, GRIFO!

Albania overturned, 2-1 by Grifo! Raspadori wins a tackle and flies away, then looks towards the center where Grifo arrives, ruthless in his first kick.


21:09

24′ – Zaniolo’s lob just outside

Splendid launch by Dimarco which falls perfectly on Zaniolo’s left foot, hooking and lob just outside.


21:05

20′ – DI LORENZO DRAWS ITALY!

Italy equalized immediately: the goal came from a throw-in by Dimarco, Grifo towed and crossed in the middle where Di Lorenzo was very good at inserting himself with the right timing and hitting the plate with the first intention, signing the 1-1.

Di Lorenzo dad again: he scores goals for Italy and announces it like this


21:01

16′ – GOAL FOR ALBANIA

Albania took the lead: a very deep free kick from long distance and an imperious gap from Ismajli, who jumped on Bonucci and headed over Meret.


20:57

12′ – Raspadori-Zaniolo double chance!

What a chance for Italy first with Raspadori, a blow rejected by the goalkeeper, and then with Zaniolo who is not precise on the rebuttal and shoots high.


20:54

9′ – Grifo first ring

Italy’s first shot, not on target, is by Grifo who tries with his right foot from outside the box, the ball goes wide.


8.45pm

1′ – THE GAME BEGINS

Albania-Italy begins, first possession for the Azzurri. The playing field does not appear to be in very good condition.


8.40pm

The hymns

The national anthems are played in front of 22,500 spectators, first that of Italy and then that of the hosts.


8:20 pm

Great expectations for Italy

There is great anticipation for Italy which has never played in the Tirana stadium. Teams still on the field for the final phase of the warm-up before returning to the locker rooms and the national anthems, less and less until the start of the match.


20:05

“A difficult month awaits us, we knew, due to the bitterness we feel not being in Qatar. I’ve been living quite badly since March this thing, we deserved to go to the World Cup, but unfortunately we missed the opportunities available”so Mancini yesterday in a passage of the press conference.


7.50pm

In Albania 6 “Italians”

It is a very “Italian” Albania that Mancini faces tonight. In the initial formation chosen by Reja there are five players who play in the Serie A championship: Berisha (Turin), Ismajli (Empoli), Kumbulla (Roma), Hysaj (Lazio) and Bajrami (Empoli). In addition, Asllani (Inter) can come on the bench.


7.35pm

The official formations

ALBANIA (3-4-2-1): Berisha; Ismajli, Kumbulla, Mihaj; Hysaj, Abrashi, Bare, Lenjani; Bajrami, Uzuni; Broja. Ct: Reja.

ITALY (3-4-3): Meret; Scalvini, Bonucci, Sticks; Di Lorenzo, Tonali, Verratti, Dimarco; Zaniolo, Raspadori, Grifo. Ct: Left-handed.


7.30pm

Curiosity about Albania-Italy

Italy has yet to concede a goal in three matches against Albania, with a balance of three victories: only against Liechtenstein have the Azzurri played more matches without ever conceding a goal (four).

Only once has Italy faced Albania away, on 9 October 2017: 1-0 with a goal by Antonio Candreva in the 73rd minute.

After a streak of 13 consecutive victories between November 2020 and July 2021, Italy achieved six hits in the last 18 games played (8D, 4P), including the two most recent, played in September.

All the Italy’s last five goals they were made by players under the age of 25 (Gnonto, Bastoni, Raspadori, Dimarco); it is since 1988 (Vialli, Bergomi, Ferri) that six goals in a row have not been scored by players under the age of 25.

With Roberto Mancini at the helm, there are three players tied for best Italy goalscorers: Nicolò Barella, Andrea Belotti and Ciro Immobile (all eight goals).

Simone Pafundi (16 years, 8 months and 2 days to match date) could become the first player to make his debut for Italy before turning 17 in the last 100 years.

Albania-Italy 1-3: Di Lorenzo and two goals from Grifo, trio blue