The U-19 national team terminated the qualifiers round valid for the 2022 European Championship with a victory over North Macedonia.
The Red and Blacks led by coach Armando Cungu won 3-1, with goals scored by Asan Mata, Paulo Pjeshka and Steven Bibo, in the third and final match of this round that took place at the "Elbasan Arena" stadium.
Albania started the game with this line-up : Weiper, Preka, Bytyqi, Dervishi, Pjeshka (Shpendi), Zalli, Alivoda (Çipi), Bibo (Arapi), Hysaj, Mata (Bebeziqi), Toci (C. Shpendi).
The Red and Blacks started the game well, as they saw themselves very quickly in the lead, with Asan Mata accurately hitting a penalty won in the 19th minute. Shortly before the end of the first half, the opponents equalize with Talakov.
With the start of the second half, Pjeshka again puts the Reds in the lead in the 48th minute, while two minutes later, Steven Bibo seals the score at 3-1. The team led by Cungu created several other cases, but without being able to score.
This was the third and last match for the Red and Blacks in Group 7, where Albania was drawn along with France, Serbia and North Macedonia. The Albanian national team managed to collect 4 points, as much as the second place of Serbia, but due to the goal difference, the Red and Blacks are ranked third in the group. All the matches of this group were played in Albania.