Elbasan: Ergis Kace scored a stunning free-kick as Albania beat France for the first time in their history in a friendly in Elbasan.
Paul Pogba reacts during the friendly against Albania. Pic/AFP
France, currently in the middle of two years without a competitive game as they host Euro 2016, were desperately disappointing and coach Didier Deschamps will have some thinking to do after also losing 3-4 to Belgium last week.
For Albania, meanwhile, this 1-0 win will come as a welcome morale booster, considering they are a team still in with a healthy chance of qualifying for their first major tournament next summer — Euro 2016.
The result prompted an angry response from veteran defender Patrice Evra. "We represent a country. You can mess up a pass or a touch but you can't lack desire.
We got into the habit of working hard at the World Cup, we showed a good side to the French people, desire and respect for the shirt, and we have lost all that in recent matches," said the defender.