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Euro 2024: Albania coach rues final whistle in Croatia draw

Brazilian Sylvinho feels his side might have won it in the end

Albania coach Sylvinho feels Albania might have gone on to win their clash with Croatia had they had a few more minutes.

Albania led inside 11 minutes and held a deserved half time lead before Croatia rallied with two goals in quick succession in the final 20 minutes.

Klaus Gjasula swept home the leveller in the 95th minute in Hamburg and though both teams tried to find the all-important goal for a precious win to boost their chances of qualifying from Group B it ended all-square.

Former Arsenal, Barcelona and Man City defender Sylvinho told “First of all you have to respect the other side, because Croatia have been doing really well during the last few years.

“They have unbelievable players. The whole game is difficult to analyse. In the first half we did really well, but we had difficulties in the second half for more than 15 to 20 minutes. But at the end of the game we deserved the draw.”

The coach hailed the impact of his substitutes and added: “The game changed so much in the second half. I think we made good substitutions.

“It’s very hard to analyse the whole match, but in the last minutes we had opportunities to win the game and, if there had been more minutes, we could have done more. “

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Alex Hoad

Alex has more than 15 years' experience in sports journalism and has reported on multiple Olympics, World Cups and European Championships in additional to Champions League, Europa League and domestic football.