Chelsea remember Broja. Long article on Euro 2024 debut with reviews

2024-06-16 21:42:59 / SPORT ALFA PRESS

Chelsea remember Broja. Long article on Euro 2024 debut with reviews
The Chelsea club had forgotten that Broja was part of it when it wished luck to the London club's players participating in Euro 2024. But with Albania's first match against Italy, it has dedicated a long article to the Albanian striker on its website internet, focusing on its appearance.

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Armando Broja started in attack in Albania's first match at Euro 2024, but struggled to make an impact in the third quarter of the pitch despite working hard for the team, who suffered a 2-1 defeat at reigning champions Italy.

It was known that it would be an uphill task for Albania to cause their first shock of the tournament when they faced reigning European champions Italy in their opening match and eventually succumbed to Italian pressure despite taking a surprise lead. .

Armando Broja led the offensive line as Albania's centre-forward, making his country's first competitive appearance since the 2022 Nations League after missing the entire qualifying campaign through injury. The former Chelsea midfielder, Jhorzhinjo, was in the Italy team.

There was a strong Albanian presence inside the Dortmund stadium and they didn't have to wait long to celebrate. An incredible opening to the match saw Albania take a shock lead, punishing an Italian defensive error in the first minute.

Federico Dimarco's dangerous rebound was snatched into the box and Nedim Bajrami struck the top corner at the near post to give Albania a dream start to Euro 2024. With just 23 seconds gone, it was the fastest goal in history of the European Championship.

However, their lead proved short-lived as Italy leveled matters in the 10th minute when Alesandro Bastoni headed in Lorenzo Pelegrini's cross at the far post following a corner. Five minutes later, the Italians had taken the lead themselves, with a quick shot from Nikolo Barela from the edge of the area.

Broja's role now appeared to be crucial, using his pace and physicality on the counter-attack, as was evident when Pellegrini received the game's first yellow card for a cynical foul to prevent the striker from bursting down the left. However, he was given very little to work with as Italy dominated possession throughout, leaving Albania grateful for some great saves from goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha to keep their one-goal lead going into the break. the match.

Broja continued to be a willing runner and looked the most likely to do something in the second half, as shown when another Italian, Riccardo Calafiori, was penalized for pulling the number 11, although Armando also received a yellow card for the reaction his.

This display of frustration summed up the rest of the game for Albania and Broja as they found Italy a very difficult opponent to break down. It was 2-1 when Broja was substituted with 15 minutes remaining, and it stayed that way until the end.

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