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Portugal 0-1 Albania: Bekim Balaj Scores Stunning Volley (Video)

08/09/2014 09:17 BST | Updated 08/09/2014 09:59 BST

Portugal's World Cup hangover worsened with an embarrassing 1-0 home defeat to Albania in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier.

Bekim Balaj's stunning volley shortly after half-time decided the match, with the hosts, without the rested Cristiano Ronaldo, unable to muster a response.

The pressure will mount on the Portuguese's uninspiring coach Paulo Bento, who refused to resign in the wake of their World Cup elimination at the group stage.

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Balaj celebrates his stunning strike

Balaj silenced the home supporters with a moment of magic seven minutes into the second-half. Odise Roshi swung in a cross from the right which was behind Balaj, but on the turn he managed to get his foot to the ball and rifle a right-footed volley into the bottom corner from 15 yards.

Ricardo Horta fired against a post as Portugal sought a leveller and Nani headed over from close range.

Fabio Coentrão had a shot fumbled by Berisha, who also tipped over a shot from Andre Gomes, but there was no way through for Portugal as Albania sealed a shock win.