France last faced Albania almost exactly one year ago to the day from when the two nations face off in a 2016 UEFA European Championship group stage match that will stream live from Marseilles, France — and in that previous match, underdog Albania pulled off a stunning 1-0 giant-killing, albeit in an international friendly.
In fact, France also failed to win their previous match against Albania, another international friendly, in November of 2014 when the sides drew 1-1.
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But the four previous meetings all ended in France victories, and the hosts of 2016 UEFA Euros will be looking to resume their dominance over Albania with a win that would propel Les Bleus through to the Round of 16, after France pulled out a win over Romania in the tournament opener last Friday.
But the world football media deemed the 2-1 tournament opening victory “less than convincing,” possibly due to the rust evident from going two years without playing a competitive match.
Watch highlights of the first and only Albania victory over France, from June 13 of last year, in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the France vs. Albania 2016 UEFA European Championship second group stage match for both countries, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time at Stade Velodrome in Marseille, France, on Wednesday, June 15.
For fans in the United Kingdom, the live stream beings at 8 p.m., while fans in the United States can watch starting at 3 p.m. Eastern Time, noon Pacific.
Against Albania, even the lower-seeded team’s manager expects France to play with less pressure on their shoulders, knowing that with a win already on their ledger, another victory puts them through.
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“In terms of quality they are one of the best in the world, and being the home nation everything is going their way, they are obviously odds-on favorite against us,” said Albania’s 59-year-old Italian boss, Gianni DiBiasi.
But DiBiasi said he expects his team — which will play without Captain Lorik Cana who is suspended after taking a red card in Albania’s loss to Switzerland — will find the back of the net at least once against their more powerful opponent.
“We played well against the Swiss, got in on goal three times, we created chances,” he said. “Statistics show that we will hit the back of the net, and that could happen in 24 hours’ time.”
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To watch the France Vs. Albania UEFA Euro 2016 group stage second match live stream, use the stream provided by WatchESPN at this link, or download the WatchESPN app to watch the game on mobile devices. Fans who do not have credentials to log in to WatchESPN can watch the match via the Sling TV internet TV package at this link. The package, which includes a variety of channels, including ESPN, which carries the 2016 UEFA Euro group stage match, costs $20 per month. But Sling TV offers a seven-day free trial, so subscribers can choose whether or not to keep the service after watching the France Vs. Albania match stream live online. A Spanish-language live stream of the game, Francia vs. Albania, is also available via WatchESPN at this link. And a multi-view tactical camera is available on ESPN 3 here.
Fans in the United Kingdom who want to watch a live stream of the France Vs. Albania UEFA Euro 2016 group stage second match can view the game using ITV Hub at this link or use the ITV Hub app which is available on Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, and several other smart TV sets and devices in Great Britain.
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