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Summary

  1. Switzerland hang on to win their opening match
  2. Schar heads in after four minutes
  3. Albania captain Cana sent off for two yellows
  4. Wales and England in action later

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By Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

Albania 0-1 Switzerland

And on that note, I will bow out and leave you in the hands of my colleague Neil Johnston.

Neil is going to guide you through the huge Welsh occasion which everyone seems to be talking about.

To follow his live text which includes video highlights, just click here. Remember you can also watch the action on BBC One now.

For now though, farewell. Well done Switzerland, your chocolate is good and your team is excelling.

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Worryingly for Wales, who kick off in 53 minutes on what is their European Championships debut, the last four teams making their EURO finals debut have all lost (Latvia 2004, Poland and Austria 2008 and Albania 2016).

Time to buck the trend...

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Group A Euro 2016
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So it's a great start in Group A for the two sides we probably expect to progress. It's safe to say what we have seen from the others though is encouraging and there looks likely to be a twist or two in store before the knockout stages.

Highlights: Albania 0-1 Switzerland

Not easy for France

Albania 0-1 Switzerland

Thierry Henry

Former France International on BBC One

"I said before that France wouldn't have easy games in this group and we have seen that. I was more impressed by Albania than Switzerland but the latter won."

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Slowbear: Ironic that neither of these teams playing in Lens have an eye for goal!

Alex Lonsdale: Albania are extremely unlucky not to snatch a draw played brilliantly with 10 men Switzerland very lucky to take all 3 points.

The big miss...

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Shkelzen Gashi would have run a chance like this through his mind time and again as he grew up dreaming of scoring a critical goal for Albania.

Three minutes on the clock, the moment was his... nearly.

Shkelzen Gashi shot saved by keeper Yann Sommer

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If you are just joining us, Switzerland have beaten 10-man Albania 1-0 courtesy of Fabian Schar's early header.

Albania appear to be no push overs, with a front man in Armando Sadiku who is willing to run all day and they really threatened to overcome their one-man disadvantage.

I'll bring you video of their best chance of the match next but to watch any highlights, just click the tab at the top of this page.

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'Nothing to be ashamed of'

Albania 0-1 Switzerland

Trevor Sinclair

Former England winger on BBC Radio 5 live

"Three points definitely in Swiss bank. Albania keeper Etrit Berisha was outstanding for the most part but made one crucial error which led to the goal. 

Albania have nothing to be ashamed of but the Swiss had a lot of possession but they didn't make it pay and didn't adapt well enough to playing against 10 men."

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lfcway: Performances of Romania and Albania suggests there won't be many easy games at euro 2016.

Amreet Surana: Respect to Albania , showing a lot of heart and courage with this performance. Decent footballing side.  

FULL-TIME

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The telling goal arrived on five minutes but that doesn't tell the whole story by any means.

Albania's 10 men battled hard to stay in the contest and boy oh boy did they have chances to get something. Switzerland win only their second game at a European Championships but there will be questions as to why they couldn't do a little more.

Still, a win is a win, job done. Albania, you have won a few fans today though, great spirit.

Albania players at full-time
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Mergim Mavraj is rightly booked for that brutal block but more importantly, his side are running out of time. We go into the final minute.

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Valon Behrami is on hand to block a cross as the red shirts of Albania steam forward. 

Mergim Mavraj absolutely flattens Breel Embolo as the Swiss look to break. He had to take him out as Embolo was away.

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Still the Albanians sing. They will see their men pump another cross in... it's poor from Ergys Kace, straight into the hands of Yann Sommer.

We will have three added minutes.

'Should be a goal'

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Trevor Sinclair

Former England winger on BBC Radio 5 live

"Incredible fingertip save. Switzerland keeper Yann Sommer stood up so well. He's a big man and stayed strong. Maybe Gashi was a little cold after just coming on but for me that should be a goal."

Gashi
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Kevin Kilbane

Former Republic of Ireland international on BBC One

"What a chance at this stage of the game for Albania".

GREAT SAVE!

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What a chance... what a chance for Albania.

They probably deserve a point here after a gutsy display and Shkelzen Gashi beats the offside trap to be well clear. Arms are in the air wanting a flag which isn't coming and he has to score, 14 yards out, he just has to score.

Yann Sommer comes out to narrow the angle and makes a telling save, flicking the ball over the bar. Gashi looks distraught, he knows that was the moment. 

Albania fans react
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Trevor Sinclair

Former England winger on BBC Radio 5 live

"This has been a very underwhelming performance from Switzerland, especially playing against 10 men for so long."

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I've been impressed with Yann Sommer in the Switzerland goal. Again he's out quickly to gobble up a cross some 10 yards from his goal. Good handling.

Why oh why are Switzerland hanging on a little though? They've faced 10 men for an age and should have put this to bed.

75 minutes to go Wales

Wales v Slovakia (17:00 BST)

All ready to go in Bordeaux. #bbceuro2016

All ready to go in Bordeaux. #bbceuro2016

Xhaka throws bottle after being substituted

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If you're taken off in your country's first game at Euro 2016, this is what you probably feel like doing, even though you know you shouldn't...

Xhaka throws bottle after being substituted

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Albania may feel slightly unfortunate not to have been awarded a penalty a few moments ago. Ermir Lenjani - who wears a number three but plays high up the pitch - tried to ghost into the area and meet a ball played over the top, prompting Stephan Lichtsteiner to grab hold of him.

I'll file that in the 'seen them given' category. It didn't look like much at the time but replays do show some grappling.

CLOSE!

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Haris Seferovic is in behind again, he's stolen a few yards on his man but has a race on to beat the Albanian keeper to the ball. The pair arrive at the same time and Seferovic flicks the ball past the stopper but it's not on target.

Haris Seferovic and Etrit Berisha challenge for the ball
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Xherdan Shaqiri, right side of the area, he stands his man up and shapes to cut inside but then fires a low shot at the near post nice and early. It's saved and helps at the second attempt.

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Over 100 touches for Granit Xhaka today, the closest to him is Albania's Amir Abrashi on 62.

One point of note though, none of Xhaka's work has been in the box so Arsenal fans may not see their new man firing in 20 a season.

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Aaron Theaker: Really not been impressed with Switzerland today, Albania have responded to well to that red card though.

'Wonderful vision'

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Trevor Sinclair

Former England winger on BBC Radio 5 live

"It is a poor effort but that ball from Elseid Hysaj was unbelievable. It was an intricate pass, wonderful vision and deserved a goal at the end of that. That might be the last chance for Albania."

CLOSE!

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They linked up to create Albania's best chance in the first half and they do it again here. Right back Elseid Hysaj plays a lovely reverse pass into the path of Armando Sadiku and from an angle, eight yards out, he finds only the side netting.

Sadiku has had two chances he could have only dreamed of. What are Switzerland thinking? They must kill this off.

Armando Sadiku
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Breel Embolo receives a pass some 18 yards out and shapes to curl one right footed into the top corner. It's not a bad effort and loops a little over the bar. Switzerland are not pulling up trees to find a second goal. There's definitely one out there for them if they want it.

SUBSTITUTION

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Persistent defending by Ricardo Rodriguez at left back for Switzerland as he tussles with Odise Roshi and thwarts his man on the dead ball line.

Albania are preparing another change...it's Roshi coming off for Sokol Cikalleshi, who I believe is a target man.

Arsenal's bargain?

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Arsenal new boy Granit Xhaka has created as many chances as anyone else, played the most passes on the pitch and had more touches than any player. 

Granit Xhaka
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90 minutes to go Wales

Wales v Slovakia (17:00 BST)

Big queues for the tram to the stadium in Bordeaux with two hours to kick off. #bbceuro2016

Big queues for the tram to the stadium in Bordeaux with two hours to kick off. #bbceuro2016

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Albania force a corner and the delivery is good, right into the six-yard box but a good header away by Fabian Schar.

Haris Seferovic shot palmed to safety by keeper

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Haris Seferovic has had four shots, all on target. He's been frustrated by the Albania keeper all day.

Haris Seferovic shot palmed to safety by keeper

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Trevor Sinclair

Former England winger on BBC Radio 5 live

"Breel Embolo played a very good ball to Haris Seferovic and it was brilliant play from the keeper. From that initial mistake in the first half, Etrit Berisha has done very well."

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How many shots does Haris Seferovic need? Yes, that's the way Haris, you kick the post in frustration son as your finishing has left a little to be desired.

This time he's slipped in and has half the field to run with the ball - a lot of thinking time. He goes to side foot the ball past Etrit Berisha at the near post and fails, that's a smart save with the legs.

Etrit Berisha saves from Switzerland's Haris Seferovic
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The Swiss starting to turn the screw against 10-man Albania. Eleven shots to Albania's four, as Xherdan Shaqiri's free-kick adds to their tally. The green arrows below represent shots on target, the red off target and yellow are blocked shots. 

Swiss shots
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'He could've had two yellows'

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Trevor Sinclair

Former England winger on BBC Radio 5 live

"Taulant Xhaka has covered a lot of ground and I think it is good management by their manager Giovanni De Biasi to take him off.

"His replacement Ergys Kace could've got two yellow cards - one for pulling Valon Behrami's shorts and another for the challenge."

Ergys Kace
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YELLOW CARD

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Ergys Kace has been on a matter of seconds when he botches a touch to allow Valon Behrami to run at the Albania defence. Kace goes for the rugby tackle and fails so he just chops his man down.

SUBSTITUTION

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Taulant Xhaka is off the pitch, so we now just have one Xhaka brother on the field. He's had plenty of coverage has Taulant given his family situation today but he seems to want a bit more as in disgust, he throws his water bottle after being replaced. To put it mildly, he is fuming.