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Maltese clubs in 2019/20 European competitions – Review
Jul 10, 2019
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Photo: Joe Borg/MFA
Photo: Joe Borg/MFA

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  • Photo: Joe Borg/MFA

Valletta fought back from two goals down to force a 2-2 draw away to F91 Dudelange on Tuesday night, a result that keeps them well in contention to advance to the second qualifying round of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League.


In the first qualifying round of the Europa League, Gżira United conceded a 2-0 defeat to Croatian side Hajduk Split in the first leg, played at the Centenary Stadium on Tuesday.

 

At the Stade Josy Barthel in Luxembourg, Dudelange took a 2-0 first-half lead with goals from Adel Bettaieb (26) and Dominik Stolz (45).

 

Valletta came back strongly in the second half as new signing Douglas Packer narrowed the deficit with a well-taken free-kick and Jean Borg equalised with a headed goal from a corner action.

 

The Maltese champions, who finished the match with 10 men as midfielder Rowen Muscat was sent off for two cautions in the dying stages, will now approach the second leg with renewed optimism after their second-half fightback.

 

The second leg will be played this coming Tuesday at the Centenary Stadium at 20.00 with the winner of the tie progressing to a second-round meeting with either Ferencvaros, of Hungary, or Bulgarians Ludogorets.

 

EUROPA LEAGUE

 

Gżira United produced a commendable performance in the first leg of their Europa League first qualifying round tie against Hajduk Split but their bold effort was not enough as the Croatians emerged 2-0 winners.

 

Adam Gyursco put Hajduk ahead on the stroke of half-time, scoring from the rebound after his penalty strike had been touched on to the base of the post by Gżira United goalkeeper Justin Haber.

 

The Maroons had a great chance to equalise early in the second half but Hamed Kone’s effort, from close in, was blocked by Hajduk goalkeeper Tomislav Duka.

 

Hajduk scored their second deep into stoppage time when Ivan Dolcek’s low strike from inside the box had the better of Haber.

 

The second leg will be played in Split on Thursday, July 18.

 

Meanwhile, this Thursday, Balzan take on Slovenia’s NK Domzale in the first leg of their Europa League first qualifying round match at the Centenary Stadium (18.30) while, in the same competition, Hibs are away to FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk in Belarus (19.00).

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