Nedim Bajrami scored the fastest goal in Euros history to give Albania a shock 1-0 lead over reigning champions Italy. 

The forward blasted a shot into the roof of the net at the near post after 23 seconds to leave Italy shell-shocked in Dortmund. 

However, Albania’s lead only lasted for 10 minutes as defender Alessandro Bastoni rose above the crowd to head home an equaliser after a short corner. 

And soon Gli Azzurri had the lead when Nicola Barella smashed in a first-time volley from the edge of the area after 17 minutes. 

The previous fastest goal in Euros history was scored after 62 seconds when Dmitri Kirichenko fired Russia ahead against eventual champions Greece in 2004.  

Nedim Bajrami scored the fastest goal in Euros history when he struck after 23 seconds 

Albania are seen as the weakest side in the group of death, consisting of themselves, Italy, Spain, and Croatia.

Earlier in the day, Spain thrashed Croatia 3-0 thanks to goals from Alvaro Morata, Fabian Ruiz, and Dani Carvajal. 

Albania finished top of a tricky qualifying group consisting of Czechia, Poland, Moldova, and the Faroe Islands to reach Euro 2024, only losing once.  

More to follow. 

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