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Spain head coach Luis de la Fuente insists that his team is still without success at the 2024 European Championship, despite qualifying for the knockout rounds early on.

De la Fuente watched his side claim their second win of the tournament against Italy on Thursday, with a Riccardo Calafiori own goal ending the Azzurri's ten-match winning streak in the competition.

With the 1-0 triumph in Gelsenkirchen, La Roja achieved their third consecutive victory against Italy. It is also only the second time since 2016 that Spain have won their first two games at a European Championship without conceding a goal.

However, De la Fuente knows his side have more to do to win their third European title and insists his players will show humility ahead of their match against Albania in Düsseldorf next Monday.

“We are still a long way from winning the European Championship. We haven't achieved anything yet. OK, we have won some important games. We have wonderful prospects,” said De la Fuente.

“But football can also be very cruel. That's why we have to be careful. We have to be humble. We have to show respect.”

Albania kept their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages alive thanks to a last-minute equaliser from Klaus Gjasula against Croatia, making him only the second player to score a goal and an own goal in a single match at a European Championship.

The goal was Albania's first time scoring more than one goal in a match at a major tournament. The team will need to make the most of its attacking talents to break through a resolute Spanish defence, which limited Italy to just four shots on goal in their last match – the fewest in Euro history.

Head coach Sylvinho is hoping to deliver Albania's first win against La Roja and promises fans that his team will give their all to ensure their memorable journey in Germany continues.

“I promise the Albanian people that we will fight for every point,” said Sylvinho.

“It will be difficult against Spain, but we have to enjoy these moments.”


Albania – Kristjan Asllani

In Albania's first two matches against Italy and Croatia, Asllani led his country in shots on goal (four), shots on target (two), successful passes (91) and passes in the final third (20).

The Inter midfielder is also one of the team that has created the most chances (three), but has not yet been involved in a goal for Albania.

Spain – Nico Williams

Williams created the most scoring chances (four) on matchday two against Italy and completed the most dribbles of all Spanish players (four).

The last Spaniard to create so many chances and complete so many dribbles in a single game at a European Championship was Andres Iniesta in 2012 against Croatia (also four per game).


Before the match in Düsseldorf, La Roja have an impressive record against their opponents: they have won all eight previous meetings (31 goals for, three against).

It is Spain's best 100% record against any opponent, alongside Liechtenstein and Malta, who they have also faced and beaten eight times.

Spain will be looking to maintain their perfect start to the competition in the round of 16 and win their first three matches at the European Championships for the second time since 2008, when they won their first title.

However, Albania will be hoping to start well and capitalise this time. Sylvinho's team have scored the first goal in each of their two group matches but have yet to win (one draw, one loss). No nation has ever scored the first goal in three consecutive Euro matches and not won any of them.


Albania – 16.7%

Draw – 21.6%

Spain – 61.7%

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