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Gjasula's Dramatic Double Sees Albania Snatch Draw Against Croatia

In a gripping encounter at Volksparkstadion, Albania and Croatia played out a thrilling 2-2 draw, highlighted by an extraordinary performance from Albanian midfielder Klaus Gjasula.

The Eagles stunned the Croatians early on when a precise cross from Asani found Laci, whose header beat Livakovic to nestle into the bottom-left corner, giving Albania an unexpected lead within 11 minutes.

Croatia, seemingly caught off guard, struggled to find their rhythm in the first half, with Livakovic forced to make crucial saves to deny Asllani and Manaj's attempts.

However, the momentum shifted dramatically after the break. Kramaric, celebrating his birthday, leveled the score with a clinical strike into the bottom-left corner. Moments later, Croatia took the lead when a clearance ricocheted off Gjasula, resulting in an unfortunate own goal.

Just as Croatia seemed destined for victory, Gjasula redeemed himself in stoppage time. Mitaj's deflected pass fell kindly to Gjasula, who buried the equalizer with a composed finish into the bottom-left corner, sparking wild celebrations from the Albanian camp.

The match statistics reflected Croatia's dominance, creating an xG of 2.52 compared to Albania's 1.42, yet failing to secure all three points. With both teams now on one point after two games in Group B, Albania faces a daunting challenge against Spain next, while Croatia prepares for a clash against Italy.

The thrilling contest between Albania and Croatia serves as a testament to the unpredictability and drama of international football, leaving fans eagerly anticipating the next chapter in Group B's unfolding story.

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