Albania kept their hopes of qualifying for the last 16 of Euro 2016 alive with a 1-0 win over Romania in Lyon.

Armando Sadiku’s name will go down in history as his country’s first ever goal-scorer at a major tournament finals after he rose to head home Andi Lila’s 43rd-minute cross and hand Albania the win their efforts in France have warranted.

Gianni De Biasi’s side defended superbly throughout against a toothless Romania, for whom Euro 2016 is now over after they finished bottom of Group A.


Ermir Lenjani missed what appeared to be a golden chance to give Albania the lead midway through the first half when he scooped Lila’s low cross over the bar with the goal gaping, but the winger had been flagged offside before touching the ball.

Romania, largely confined to speculative long-range shots, produced only one clear chance to equalise when substitute Florin Andone crashed a fierce shot off the Albania crossbar with Etrit Berisha rooted, after a flowing one-touch move.

De Biasi’s side must now wait until Wednesday to see if their tally of three points will be enough to carry them further in France, but as the final whistle went in Lyon his players hardly seemed to care as they celebrated a glorious night in the country’s history.

Group A

Played Won Draw Lost For Against Goal difference Points
3 2 1 0 4 1 3 7
3 1 2 0 2 1 1 5
3 1 0 2 1 3 -2 3
3 0 1 2 2 4 -2 1