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Switzerland beat 10 man Albania 1-0 at the EURO 2016. Getty. Switzerland beat 10 man Albania 1-0 at the EURO 2016. Getty. Switzerland held on to beat 10-man Albania 1-0 in their opening match of UEFA Euro 2016 at Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens, France.

Fabian Schar scored the only goal of the match from a corner inside the opening five minutes, heading past Etrit Berisha.

Albania's task was made all the more difficult with 10 minutes to play until half-time as captain Lorik Cana was shown his second yellow card of the game for a foolish handball on the edge of the area.

Despite dominating the second period with one player fewer, Albania were unable to take their many chances to earn an equaliser as Switzerland held on for all three points.

Following France's last-gasp victory over Romania in the competition opener on Friday, Albania and Switzerland were next in line to demonstrate what they will bring to this year's tournament.

With just five minutes played, Schar scored with a header from Xherdan Shaqiri's corner.

The defender took up a central position and beat flailing Albania goalkeeper Berisha to head into an empty net, with the opposition failing to meet the whipped cross.

Genoa midfielder Dzemaili agonisingly struck the woodwork with the resulting free-kick, as he bent a magnificent strike around the wall.

Following the interval, Albania returned to the field with a more conservative approach after acknowledging their man deficit.

However, they were the first to put an effort on goal in the second period, as Sadiku was again denied. Johan Djourou failed to sufficiently clear danger, slicing the ball towards Sadiku, but Sommer was on hand to mop up the danger.

Switzerland had a huge opportunity to seal a vital three points after 67 minutes, but Berisha was alert to block Haris Seferovic. Breel Embolo put Seferovic through on goal, and the Eintracht Frankfurt forward raced away from the Albanian back four but saw his shot well kept ou

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