Switzerland rode an early goal from Fabian Schar to an unconvincing 1-0 win over 10-man Albania in Euro 2016.
Switzerland rode a fifth-minute goal from Fabian Schar to an unconvincing 1-0 win over 10-man Albania in their first Euro 2016 Group A match in Lens.
Schar's header off an early corner kick was all the Swiss needed, while Albania lost captain Lorik Cana to a red card 37 minutes into the match. Even so, Albania had a number of chances to equalize, and goalkeeper Etrit Berisha made a number of important saves, including a couple on Haris Seferovic, to keep the deficit manageable. With three teams from the group potentially going through to the knockout stage in the 24-team competition, goal differential could be vital, and Albania avoided a disaster despite playing for over 50 minutes down a man.
Colorado Rapids forward Shkelzen Gashi had a golden opportunity to equalize late on for Albania, but Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer stoned him in the one-on-one situation, preserving the win for the Swiss.
Watch the key early moments in the match and Gashi's miss below:
The match also had a unique element, with brothers Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) and Taulant Xhaka (Albania) playing against each other.
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Albania meets France, and Switzerland plays Romania in the next set of Group A games on June 15.