Albania Stuns Croatia with Last-Minute Equalizer in Euro 2024

In a thrilling Euro 2024 Group B match, Albania scored a dramatic stoppage-time equalizer to secure a 2-2 draw against Croatia, significantly impacting the 2018 World Cup finalists’ chances of advancing to the knockout stage.

Klaus Gjasula netted the crucial goal in the 95th minute, side-footing home to ignite wild celebrations among Albanian fans at Hamburg’s Volksparkstadion. The late equalizer came after a rollercoaster match that saw Albania initially take the lead through Qazim Laci in the 11th minute.

Albania’s defense held firm for over an hour, maintaining their lead and frustrating the Croatian side. However, Croatia managed to turn the tide when former Leicester forward Andrej Kramaric equalized in the 74th minute. The momentum seemed to shift further in Croatia’s favor as Luka Sucic’s shot deflected off Gjasula and into the Albanian net, giving Croatia a 2-1 lead.

Despite the setback, Albania pushed forward in the final moments, and their persistence paid off when Gjasula scored the equalizer in stoppage time. The result means Croatia will need to beat defending champions Italy in their final Group B game to have a chance of progressing.

Albania, who will next face Spain, displayed a no-fear attitude throughout the match. Their counter-attacking football and resilient defense showcased their determination to make an impact in their second appearance at the Euros. The energetic display was fueled by the vibrant support of their fans, who created an electric atmosphere in Hamburg.

For Croatia, the draw represents a significant challenge. Despite a roster filled with talent and experience, including the talismanic Luka Modric, the team struggled to keep pace with Albania’s energetic play. The reliance on veteran players is starting to show its limitations against faster, more dynamic teams.

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