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Albania 0-1 Spain LIVE SCORE – Torres’ tidy finish puts Spaniards ahead as La Roja eye flawless group campaign – updates

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Las reservas

Putting that Spanish GCSE into good use.

Here’s the latest from our man on the ground, Martin Lipton.

Albania boss and former Arsenal left-back Sylvinho suggested yesterday that Spain’s reserve team would be good enough to win the tournament.

So now we get to find out if he’s correct.

As expected, former Manchester City centre-back Aymeric Laporte is the only surviving starter from the team that picked Italy apart in everything except the final score in Gelsenkirchen on Thursday as Luis de la Fuente does an almost full rotation.

The other change is in the shirts, with Albania in red meaning Spain are in their eye-disturbing canary yellow.

Even so, you’d expect them to fly away with this one, although the Albanian fans, who have flooded into Germany from seemingly every corner of Europe, are here for a party, no matter what happens.

They were filling the trams and buses out to the stadium hours before kick-off, with a few simple songs of faith – and one or two that, from the looks on the faces of some of the supporters, were probably not for public consumption.

Thankfully, I’m not fluent in Albanian – I’m barely fluent in English – so didn’t have to blush.

But I will if Albania win this, even against a shadow Spanish side. I’m going for 3-0 and pulling handsprings.

The Albanians, unchanged as anticipated, will certainly give it a go. Not sure they’re good enough to hurt the best team in the tournament, mind.

Credit: GETTY



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