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Late Gjasula Strike Earns Albania Draw Against Croatia in Thrilling Encounter

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Albania's clash with Croatia ended in a dramatic 2-2 draw after Klaus Gjasula netted a crucial 95th-minute equalizer, leaving Albanian fans jubilant long after the final whistle at Hamburg's Volksparkstadion. The echoes of drums and occasional firecrackers filled the air as they departed, relishing the hard-fought result.

Although Albania faces a probable early exit from the in Germany without a win, they've proven their mettle. They stunned Italy with a goal just 23 seconds into their Group B opener, eventually losing 2-1. Against Croatia, they initially led before battling back from a deficit to salvage a point.

"We are proud," stated Albania's manager Sylvinho. "The nation should be proud of the result and the performance. The players gave everything on the pitch. It was a remarkable effort that embodies our people."

Croatia, in stark contrast, faced disappointment. Just two years after their memorable semi-final run, their European Championship campaign hangs in the balance. With only one point from two Group B matches, they now must Italy in their upcoming fixture to retain hope of advancing.

"The Croatian players were fuming," remarked former Premier League footballer Clinton Morrison on BBC Radio 5 Live. "They understand the challenge ahead against Italy. They need to maintain belief, but their demeanor suggests a tough road ahead."

The draw leaves Croatia with a daunting task ahead, while Albania can reflect on a spirited performance that has earned them respect despite likely tournament elimination.

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