Sep 7, 2014 at 7.45pm UK
Portugal
0-1
AlbaniaAlbania

Nani (69')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Balaj (52')
Roshi (4'), Abrashi (21'), Xhaka (34'), Mavraj (67'), Kace (69'), Berisha (70')

Result: Albania shock Portugal in Euro 2016 qualifier

Bekim Balaj's goal gives Albania a shock win in their opening Euro 2016 Group I qualifier against Portugal this evening.

Portugal suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Albania in their opening Euro 2016 Group I qualifier this evening.

Albania's forward Odise Roshi (L) vies with Portugal's defender Fabio Coentrao during the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying football match on September 7, 2014© Getty Images

Paulo Bento's side, without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, struggled to break down their well-organised opposition, with few chances to speak of in the opening 45 minutes.

Bekim Balaj scored the crucial goal for the away side with a sharp finish on 52 minutes.

Albania had six players booked as they continually frustrated their more illustrious opponents to hold on for a crucial three points.

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