Albania have gone out of Euro 2016 after results in Group F meant it was impossible for them to be placed among the top four third-placed finishers.
Gianni De Biasi’s side – playing in their first major tournament – defeated Romania 1-0 in Lyon last Sunday to ensure they finished third in Group A.
A nervous wait followed to see if their record of three points and a minus two goal difference would put them above two of the other sides who ended their groups in third spot and guarantee them a place in the last 16.
However, Portugal’s dramatic 3-3 draw against Hungary and Iceland’s 2-1 win over Austria meant Fernando Santos’ men finished third in Group F and ended the hopes of De Biasi’s team.
Portugal have a better goal difference (level compared to minus two) than Albania, who already sat behind Slovakia, Northern Ireland and Turkey in the rankings of third-placed teams.
Had Hungary defeated Portugal, Albania would have remained in with a chance of progressing going into the Group E finale later on Monday.
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