Albania etch their name in European history despite 2-1 loss to Italy

Albania etch their name in European history despite 2-1 loss to Italy

Eric Munene 08:30 - 16.06.2024

Albania scored the fastest goal in European championship history.

Albania made history at Euro 2024 by scoring the quickest goal ever in the tournament against Italy, with Nedim Bajrami finding the net just 23 seconds into their group stage clash.

The match, held at Dortmund's Westfalenstadion, saw the underdogs take a surprising lead against the reigning champions, Italy, who were highly favored going into the encounter.

The goal stemmed from a defensive lapse by Italy, as left-back Federico Dimarco's throw-in intended for centre-back Alessandro Bastoni was intercepted by Bajrami.

With a swift touch, Bajrami fired a powerful shot past Gianluigi Donnarumma, igniting jubilation among the Albanian fans in the stadium, which was packed with their supporters.

Despite Albania's early breakthrough, Italy responded swiftly. Bastoni redeemed himself with a header from Lorenzo Pellegrini's cross, leveling the score just ten minutes later.

Italy then took the lead through Nicolo Barella shortly thereafter, turning the tide against Albania after their promising start.

Following this thrilling encounter, Albania will face Croatia next in Hamburg, aiming to bounce back from their narrow defeat.

Meanwhile, Italy will take on Spain in Gelsenkirchen, looking to build on their comeback victory as they pursue further success in the tournament.

The Euro 2024 tournament has already delivered intense action and surprising outcomes, showcasing the unpredictable nature of football at its highest level.

From record-breaking goals to dramatic comebacks, each match has brought fans to the edge of their seats.

With powerhouse teams facing stiff challenges from determined underdogs, every game promises excitement and unpredictability.

As the competition progresses, the stage is set for more thrilling moments, as teams vie for glory and fans eagerly anticipate each fixture, knowing that every minute can bring a game-changing twist. Euro 2024 will continue to captivate with its blend of skill, drama, and passion.