Euro 2024: Albania to battle three-time European champions Spain with one major goal in mind

Euro 2024: Albania to battle three-time European champions Spain with one major goal in mind

Eric Munene 12:00 - 24.06.2024

Albania will be looking to silence Spain in their match scheduled for June 24 (tonight) at 10:00 p.m. EAT.

In a thrilling encounter that saw Albania snatch a last-gasp equalizer against Croatia, Sylvinho's squad managed to salvage a crucial point, keeping their hopes alive in Euro 2024.

The 2-2 draw sets up a pivotal matchday three scenario where Albania could secure passage to the knockout stages with a victory, a feat that would mark a significant upset given their daunting history against Spain.

Despite losing all eight prior encounters against Spain by a staggering aggregate score of 31-3, Albania enters their final group game buoyed by recent performances.

They narrowly fell to Italy 2-1 and put up a commendable fight in their last meeting with Spain, only conceding a 2-1 defeat.

Their resilience has earned them praise, especially for their quick start against Italy, scoring the fastest goal in European Championship history at just 23 seconds, and their late equalizer against Croatia in the 95th minute.

Spain, on the other hand, secured their spot in the knockout stage as group winners with a clinical 1-0 victory over Italy.

Looking ahead, Albania faces a daunting task against Spain, a team that has been a perennial powerhouse in European football.

Players like Klaus Gjasula, who scored a crucial equalizer against Croatia despite an earlier own goal, will be pivotal.

Gjasula's tenacity and knack for drawing fouls—highlighted by three bookings in his last four appearances—underscore his importance in Albania's midfield.

Meanwhile, Spain's Nico Williams has been a standout with three direct goal contributions in his last five outings for club and country, including an assist in their victory over Italy.

His ability to impact games, alongside Spain's solid defensive record, makes La Roja formidable opponents for any team in the knockout stages.

As the tournament progresses, Albania will look to build on their recent performances and continue defying expectations.

The upcoming clash against Spain promises to be a test of their resilience and determination as they strive to reach the knockout stages for the first time in their Euro history.

For Spain, maintaining their perfect record against Albania would be another step towards reclaiming European glory.