Albania: Berisha; Hysaj, Mavraj, Cana, Agolli; Xhaka, Kukeli, Abrashi; Roshi, Lenjani; Sadiku.
Switzerland: Sommer; Lichsteiner, Schar, Djourou, Rodriguez; Behrami, Dzemaili, G Xhaka, Shaqiri, Seferovic, Mehmedi.
Referee: C Velasco Carballo (Sp).
Weather: Overcast, 20c.
GOAL! Albania 0-1 Switzerland (Schar)
5 min: Shaqiri whips in the corner, to loud boos, and the Hoffenheim defender rises to head home! What a start.
Red card! Albania's captain Cana is sent off
37 min: Oh dear – just as they were getting back into the game, Albania lose their captain for a silly handball. He slips under pressure on the edge of the area from Seferovic and puts his arm out to handle the ball. The referee has no option but to flash a second yellow … and to make matters worse Shaqiri and Dzemaili are lining up a free-kick on the edge of the area.
Albania had their moments and created a couple of decent chances – but it may have turned out quite differently if they had 11 players on the pitch. Fabian Schar’s early header, capitalising on an error from the goalkeeper Etri Berisha, was enough to earn Vladimir Petkovic’s Switzerland an opening weekend win. Albania had their captain, Lorik Cana, sent off eight minutes before the interval for a second yellow due to a deliberate handball but battled well. In reality, neither are likely to trouble France in Group A and go deep into this tournament