EURO 2024 Liveblog: Italy vs. Albania

EURO 2024 Liveblog: Italy vs. Albania
EURO 2024 Liveblog: Italy vs. Albania

Football Italia Live Blog

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Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from Italy’s opening EURO 2024 fixture against Albania, as they begin the defence of their European title.

It kicks off in Dortmund at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

They then face Spain on June 20 and Croatia on June 24.

The Azzurri won the EURO 2020 trophy under Roberto Mancini, but Luciano Spalletti took over in September 2023 with radical tactical and personnel changes.

We also launch our YouTube channel coverage from Germany, with live video before and after the game.

2024-06-15 15:45:12

They were playing Notti Magiche in the stadium, the anthem of the 1990 World Cup.

2024-06-15 22:02:04

The ones we qualified for, anyway

1 – Italy 🇮🇹 won their debut match in 4 consecutive editions among European Championship and World Cup for the first time in history. Group.#EURo2024 #ITAALB

— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) June 15, 2024

2024-06-15 22:01:06

Spalletti did not seem terribly happy with the second half performance, as Italy were in control, but didn’t make it really count.

2024-06-15 22:00:13

Match report

#Italy 2-1 #Albania

Alessandro Bastoni and Nicolò Barella overturned a disastrous start to EURO 2024 against Albania, as Nedim Bajrami scored within 23 seconds, for Italy to begin with a victory #ITAALB #Azzurri #EURO2024

— Football Italia (@footballitalia) June 15, 2024

2024-06-15 21:56:29

FT: Italy 2-1 Albania

Italy start with a win!

2024-06-15 21:55:25


Mitaj ends up sweeping a shot well wide and Jorginho has cramp.

2024-06-15 21:54:59

BIG chance for Rey Manaj and Albania! 😲#ITAALB #BBCEuros #Euro2024

— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 15, 2024

2024-06-15 21:53:42


Barella off, Folorunsho on.

2024-06-15 21:51:51

Pitch invasion, guy has run onto the turf. He managed to dodge 3 before slipping…

2024-06-15 21:50:52


Into 4 minutes of stoppages.

2024-06-15 21:50:16


Albania chance!

Ooooof. Long ball over the top for Manaj, who chests it down and tries to score with a delicate dink, but Donnarumma got his ribs to it! Huge save!

2024-06-15 21:49:52


Muci on, Bajrami off

2024-06-15 21:45:51


Frattesi cross from the right for Retegui intercepted.

2024-06-15 21:43:19


Retegui and Darmian on, Scamacca and Dimarco off

2024-06-15 21:41:58


Ball bounces awkwardly, Bastoni holds off Manaj as best he can, allowing Donnarumma to smother.

2024-06-15 21:39:51


Dimarco surges forward, sees few options, so smacks it from distance, straight at the goalkeeper.

2024-06-15 21:39:11


Cristante is basically replacing Barella, who moves up to the role Pellegrini had.

2024-06-15 21:36:57


Cambiaso and Cristante on, Chiesa and Pellegrini off.

2024-06-15 21:36:24


Rey Manaj on (remember him, Serie A fans?), Broja off

2024-06-15 21:35:45


Cristante and Cambiaso are getting ready.

2024-06-15 21:34:55

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