Current champions Italy passed a significant test of their Euro 2024 capabilities on Saturday, securing a dramatic 2-1 victory against Albania. However, the Azzurri have much to reflect on before their upcoming Group B match against formidable Spain. Italy, aiming for a spot in the last 16, shares three points with group leaders Spain, setting the stage for a crucial encounter in Gelsenkirchen on Thursday. A single point from their last two games could be sufficient to advance to the knockout stages, considering the four best third-place teams progress. This reduces the pressure against Spain, who convincingly defeated Croatia 3-0 on Saturday. Coach Luciano Spalletti expressed satisfaction with the opening win but cautioned against complacency, especially after Italy conceded a goal just 23 seconds into the match. Despite being the title-holders, Italy entered the tournament in Germany with a largely untested squad, featuring many new players. Spalletti, who took over from Roberto Mancini last year, had limited time to shape his team, which was further challenged by being placed in a tough Group B. Italy managed to overcome a hostile environment in Dortmund, where the majority of the crowd supported Albania, creating a daunting atmosphere. The Albanian contingent, dressed in red and black, erupted in cheers when Nedim Bajrami scored the quickest goal in European Championship history. Despite the early setback, Italy responded swiftly, taking the lead through goals from Alessandro Bastoni and Nicolo Barella. Barella reflected on the match, acknowledging the psychological impact of the early goal but pleased with the team's response. The Albanian supporters were soon silenced as Italy took control, though they missed several chances to extend their lead. Italy's main concern remains capitalizing on their opportunities, especially with stronger opponents ahead. The match nearly took a turn in the final moments when Albanian substitute Rey Manaj narrowly missed scoring. Federico Chiesa emphasized the need for improvement in closing out dominant games.