Round-up of the best post-match quotes from Switzerland vs Albania

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Switzerland defeated Albania in their opening game at Euro 2016.

Following Switzerland’s victory over Albania in Euro 2016, the key figures on show have been having their say on the evening’s action.

Sport360 rounds-up the best of the post-match reaction.

We made the right first step. It wasn’t so easy, we were lucky in the end. But it was a deserved victory.

The first goal was a shock for us. We retreated and speculated too much. The second  half was a bit better, but we should improve.

 – SWITZERLAND MANAGER VLADIMIR PETKOVIC 

Vladimir Petkovic.

Vladimir Petkovic.

I think we made it difficult for ourselves. We could have made it easier for ourselves if we had taken our opportunities earlier. We also have to say a big thank you to Yann [Sommer], because he made one or two really good saves. I think the main thing is that we were able to get the win.

It was a really good start, but afterwards we got a bit too passive. There were also a certain amount of nerves at the end. We definitely wanted to keep a clean sheet and because of that we didn’t take too many risks at the end.

It hasn’t been always easy for me recently, I’ve come in for a lot of criticism and am of course happy that I could help the team in such a way.

– SWITZERLAND GOALSCORER FABIAN SCHAR

It was a fantastic game, I believe we played well, although we were unfortunate to have one of our players (Lorik Cana) sent off. I think we played well and created many chances to score, so we should focus on the positives.

We knew ahead of time that Switzerland are a strong team, a possible contender for the European Championship, so we had predicted that it would be a tough match. They pressured a lot and after the first 15 minutes, we lost our momentum and lost sight of our style of play, so we struggled a bit, as did they.

We have to take more care with the finer details and continue attacking as we did because we had some clear chances to win the match or draw.

– ALBANIAN DEFENDER ELSEID HYSAJ 

I would like to say something personal, as after the match against Ukraine it was a bit tough for me to come back. But with the help of the coach and my teammates I think I played well and had a relatively good game today.

I think we fought right to the very end, and for about 60 minutes we were playing with 10 men. I think this was what we expected, we fought hard for the whole game, we didn’t give them many chances.

We will fight right to the very end, we will do our best right the way through, because that’s why we came here, to show our values and to defend our colours.

– ALBANIAN MIDFIELDER ANSI AGOLLI

Ansi Agolli.

Ansi Agolli.

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In pictures: Switzerland beat ten-man Albania 1-0

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Switzerland narrowly oversaw Albania.

The new Arsenal midfielder was up against his brother Taulant in the opposition ranks, the first time two siblings have faced each other in European Championship history, but it was the younger of the two who came out on top in the Group A clash.

Albania’s nerves were understandable but goalkeeper Etrit Berisha’s decision to come for a fifth-minute corner was misguided at best as he completely missed Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross, allowing Fabian Schar to head home.

The tournament newcomers continued to shoot themselves in the foot, however, and captain Lorik Cana’s sending-off off for a second bookable offence 10 minutes before half-time killed all the momentum built up after overcoming their initial anxiety.

Berisha went on to redeem himself with a number of good saves but the early damage could not be repaired, although it was not for the lack of effort as the well-supported Albanians made light of their numerical disadvantage with a gutsy display.

An affinity between the two nations was well-established off the pitch a long time before they met on it as Switzerland accepted thousands of Kosovar Albanians fleeing the Balkan wars in the 1990s following the break-up of the former Yugoslavia.

The Xhaka brothers – whose parents were part of that migration – are the embodiment of that, with Taulant switching allegiance to Albania having played for Switzerland Under-21s.

However, the match started with all 10 midfielders on the pitch of Albanian descent.

Granit may have won the individual duel with his brother, who was substituted just past the hour, but it was Schar who was the unlikely match-winner.

The Hoffenheim defender comfortably beat Berisha to Shaqiri’s corner to leave the Albania goalkeeper somewhat embarrassed as the ball flew into an unguarded net.

Haris Seferovic should have doubled the lead 10 minutes later but shot straight at Berisha, who was to prove something of a personal nemesis for the remainder of the game, from Blerim Dzemaili’s lay-off.

Cana, who was booked for going through the back of Dzemaili, then got caught out by a long ball forward and in the race with Seferovic to retrieve the situation he slipped on the edge of the penalty area and, realising the striker would be clean through, handled the ball away.

Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo showed no hesitation in producing a second yellow and subsequent red card.

Dzemaili drilled the low free-kick against the base of the post as Switzerland seized back the initiative after Taulent Xhaka had fired wide and Yann Sommer saved well after Armando Sadiku had timed his sprint perfectly to run in behind the Swiss defence to collect Elseid Hysaj’s brilliant raking pass.

Dzemaili flashed a first-time shot wide before Seferovic’s angled shot was parried by Berisha, who then denied the Swiss striker on two more occasions after the break.

While Switzerland dominated possession Albania continued to pose a sporadic threat with Sadiku firing into the side-netting and Lenjani unsuccessfully appealing for a penalty after tangling with right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner.

But their best chance came three minutes from time when substitute Shkelzen Gashi was played clean through but shot too close to Sommer who tipped over.

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