– What are you doing there? – NRK Sport – Sports news, results and broadcast schedule

– What are you doing there?  – NRK Sport – Sports news, results and broadcast schedule

– It's not possible, it's a death sentence for him to appear there, that is. “There you have to stand up and take one for the team,” NRK football expert Åge Hareide said during the break between Italy and Albania.

For Albania it was the beginning of a dream and they were able to fight in the opening match of the European Championship.

But when Niccolò Barella scored Italy's 2-1 winner, which was also the decisive goal of the match, it was the efforts of Albanian defender El Sayed Hisaj that made the pundits react.

– You should be allowed to encourage yourself Åge, because when you see Hysaj appear here, it hurts the coach's heart, answered Alexander Shaw in the studio.

– What are you doing there?

The situation started when the Albanian defense could not clear a cross correctly and the ball ended up being scored by Nicolo Barella from 16 metres.

The Italian shot what he did best. Hisay was heading towards the ball, but turned away from it. The ball shot into the goal while Hisay stood and bowed for several seconds.

Football: UEFA Euro 2024 - Round 1, Day 1: Group 2: Italy - Albania

Bow, nod, no: Mr. Hisay stood with his head down long after the ball had entered the goal.

Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

– What are you doing there, dodging that ball? “You have to get there and you can block that shot,” Christopher Luckberg commented live.

The main character himself believes that he had to choose in a short time: either try to block a low shot or stand up straight for a high shot. When NRK showed him the clip of the goal, he agreed he probably could have done more.

– I stepped forward to reach the ball. After he shoots, I use my body to try to protect the targets. I could have done more, but that's football. “I do my best not to go down,” Hesay tells NRK.

Is it a reflex?

– Yes, it's a reflex. I saw the ball and went down a little. I have one second to think, I have two options. Either this or that. I had to make a choice.

  • Watch the goal in the video above and all the highlights here:

The fastest ever

Albania got the dream of opening in the European Commission. Not many seconds passed before Italy took a throw-in in its own half. A throw-in was taken towards goal, but it was Albanian Nedim Bajermi who took possession of the ball.

He pulled it back and shot the ball to the nearest cross. Just 23 seconds later, Albania shocked Italy.

Record: Nadiem Bajrami scores the fastest European Championship result ever.

It was by far the fastest goal in European Commission history. The previous record was one minute and seven seconds.

– It was a bit unexpected, to be honest. We were a bit shocked. It was very fast. After you step in too early, you can lose control and do things you wouldn't normally do. But the team was calm and focused and deserved to win, Italian star Jorginho tells NRK.

Admittedly, it only took a few minutes for Italy to respond when Bastoni headed the ball into the net after a neat move from a corner kick.

Just five minutes later, Italy turned the game around with a Barella goal. This was also the last goal of the match. Thus, Italy gets three points from the worst team in Group Two. Despite the fact that the defending champions did not impress greatly in their opening European Championship, Jorginho sees many similarities with the team that won three years ago.

-This collection is an incredibly amazing collection. There are a lot of good guys in this group who are good energy. Everyone is humble, wants to improve and believes “team first”. This is the most important thing, says Jorginho.

06/15/2024 at 22.53

06/15/2024 at 23.53

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