Fabian Schar header downs 10-man Albania

Switzerland got their Euro 2016 campaign off to the perfect start with a 1-0 victory over 10-man Albania in Lens on Saturday.

Hoffenheim defender Fabian Schar benefitted from a goalkeeping error from Etrit Berisha to head the Swiss in front on five minutes.

Albania, who are appearing at major tournament for the first time, took their time to settle into the game but their cause was hindered by the dismissal of captain Lorik Cana for two bookable offences on 37 minutes.

Switzerland failed to exploit their man advantage, though, as Albania remained in the game with a valiant defensive display – and they could have snatched a point at the death had Shkelzen Gashi not been thwarted by the impressive Yann Sommer.

But Vladimir Petkovic's men held on to win an opening European Championship game for the first time, a result which moved them level with hosts France at the top of Group A.

It took Switzerland just five minutes to break the deadlock at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis – which will plays host to England's Group B clash with Wales – as Schar beat Berisha to Xherdan Shaqiri's corner, turning the ball into an empty net.

The blunder from the Albanian stopper clearly rattled the Eagles, with Switzerland close to doubling their lead on 16 minutes, only for Haris Seferovic to scuff an effort straight at Berisha.

Cana received the first of his yellow cards on 23 minutes for a reckless challenge on Blerim Dzemaili, but that marked a turn in the game as Albania began to threaten.