Albania shocks Italy with fastest goal in Euros history — hours after fans snapped spaghetti in Italian fans' faces

DORTMUND, GERMANY - JUNE 15: Albania fans celebrate after Nedim Bajrami of Albania (not pictured) scores his team's first goal  during the UEFA EURO 2024 group stage match between Italy and Albania at Football Stadium Dortmund on June 15, 2024 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Angel Martinez - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)
Albania fans celebrate after Nedim Bajrami scores his team's first goal during the UEFA EURO 2024 group stage match between Italy and Albania. (Angel Martinez - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images) (Angel Martinez - UEFA via Getty Images)

After kicking off on Friday, UEFA Euro 2024 has already presented one of the most chaotic moments of the tournament: a surprise goal from Albania over Italy in the first minute of play.

Just 23 seconds into the match, Albanian midfielder Nedim Bajrami took advantage of a sloppy Italian throw-in to put in the first goal of the match and give Albania the lead — and take the title for the fastest goal in Euros history.

Beyond being record-breaking, the Albanian goal was a big underdog blow to the Italians. For context, in the current FIFA rankings, Italy is ranked ninth, while Albania is 66th.

The two teams aren't exactly rivals, but Euros tend to bring out the chaos and competitive spirit in everyone. Soon before the match, a video of a fan interaction went viral, where an Albanian fan snapped a handful of spaghetti in front of a group of Italian fans. One Italian jokingly fell to his knees at the sight.

It's symbolic that it took Albania only 23 seconds to bring Italy to its knees. But even after Albania snapped the spaghetti out of Italy's defense, it didn't take long for Italy to respond.

Italy scored a pair of goals — one from Alessandro Bastoni in the 11th minute, and one from Nicolò Barella in the 16th — to regain the lead as Albania's defense crumbled like flaky phyllo.

The 2-1 score held for the remainder of the 90 minutes, with Italy taking the three points in Group B.

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