(CNN)As Albania’s soccer team linked arms and prepared to sing their national anthem, a sense of confusion started to ripple around the Stade de France.

Being played through the stadium speakers wasn’t their country’s anthem. It was Andorra’s.

Ahead of Albania's match vs. France, Andorra's national anthem was played.The looks of confusion on the Albanian players' faces 😂 pic.twitter.com/hDkbVMuKWt

— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 7, 2019

Farcical scenes at Stade de France. Kick off delayed after they played Andorra’s national anthem instead of Albania’s. Announcer just apologised for the delay but he apologised to… Armenia!

— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) September 7, 2019 A delay to the kick-off of the European championship qualifier ensued as the Albanian players waited for the correct anthem to be played. But things went from bad to worse when the stadium announcer apologized — to Armenia. Supporters booed and whistled as the Andorran anthem continued to sound. The correct anthem was eventually played after Albanian officials on the touchline consulted the referee. Read More”I apologized to the bench and the coach,” France’s manager Didier Deschamps told reporters after the match.”It’s something that should not happen, but it happened. I understand the position of the Albanians and it is logical that we waited until the Albanians could have their anthem before that match.”READ: One of football’s oldest rivalries enters a new chapter in ManchesterREAD: Could Gareth Bale be Real Madrid unlikely hero this season?France, which faces Andorra on Tuesday, won Saturday’s match in Paris 4-1 thanks to a brace from Kingsley Coman and one goal each from Olivier Giroud and Jonathan Ikone. Sokol Cikalleshi scored a late penalty for the visiting side. The win sees France, crowned world champion last year, lead Group H on goal difference ahead of Turkey and Iceland.The top two teams in each of the Euro qualifying groups automatically reach next year’s tournament, which is being held in 12 cities across Europe, with the final four participants being decided by playoffs.

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https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/08/football/albania-france-national-anthem-football-spt-intl/index.html

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