Malta Football Association
NEWS:
MALTA BEATEN BUT DESERVED BETTER
Mar 28, 2015
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photo (c) Paul Zammit Cutaja
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Malta were  beaten 2-0 by Azerbaijan in a European Qualifier played in Baku. But definitely deserved something better for their second half efforts. This win sees Azerbaijan overtake Malta in Group H, now having three and one points respectively.


 

Ghedin made four changes from the side which started the match against Georgia, three days ago. With A. Hogg, P. Fenech and R. Briffa returning to the side and A. Effiong appearing in the starting eleven.

 

The home side took the lead as early as the 3rd minute with a header from Huseynov after a cross from the right.

 

Malta’s reaction came in the 12th minute when A. Effiong got the best out of keeper Agayev, with his angled shot.

These being the only two notable actions in the first half.

 

Things remained somewhat balanced at the start of the second half with Malta trying to push forward.

 

The first shot at goal of the second half came in the 62nd minute and it was once again Effiong, this time shooting over the bar from just outside the box.The Azeris reacted immediately and Hogg did well to turn a low shot to a corner.

 

Malta had another chance in the 76th minute but A. Schembri’s low shot from outside the area was easily saved by the keeper. Malta were by now piling up the pressure and Paul Fenech headed weakly for Agayev to save.

 

Malta were unlucky not to equalise on the 83rd minute when Steve Pisani’s diagonal shot from close range was well saved by Agayev.

 

A corner taken by Ryan Fenech in the 87th minute, and again Malta were unlucky when an indecisive Azeri captian let the ball through only for the ball to hit the upright and the ball being cleared by the defence.

 

Malta tried hard and were by now dominating, but their efforts remained unawarded, and as often happens it was the home team to seal the issue with a well taken shot by Nazarov  from outside the area to finish a counter attack which found the Maltese rearguard outnumbered. Malta defintely deserved better than a 2-0 defeat.

 

The teams lined up as follows

 

 

Azerbaijan

 

Malta

1

Kamran Ağayev (Gk)

1

Andrew Hogg (GK)

2

Gara Garayev

2

Jonathan Caruana

5

Maksim Medvedev

3

Steven Bezzina

6

Badavi Guseynov

4

Steve Borg

14

Rashad F. Sadigov (C)

5

Andrei Agius

16

Javid Hüseynov

8

Roderick Briffa (C)

17

Vüqar Nadirov

11

Rowen Muscat

19

Rahid Amirguliyev

13

Andre Schembri

20

Namik Alesgerov

16

Paul Fenech

21

Arif Daşdemirov

17

Ryan Camilleri

22

Afran İsmayılov

19

Alfred Effiong

 

Substitutes

   

12

Emil Balayev (Gk)

12

Justin Haber (Gk)

23

Andriy Popoviç (Gk)

23

Henry Bonello (Gk)

3

Magomed Mirzabekov

6

Ryan Fenech

4

Mahir Şükürov

7

Mark Scerri

7

Vagif Javadov

9

Jean Paul Farrugia

8

Eddy İsrafilov

10

Andrew Cohen

9

Magomed Kurbanov

14

Conor Borg

10

Elvin Mammadov

15

Jurgen Pisani

11

Ruslan Gurbanov

18

Bjorn Kristensen

13

Dmitri Nazarov

20

Stephen Pisani

15

Ruslan Abıshov

21

Ryan Camenzuli

18

Joshgun Diniyev

22

Zach Muscat

       
 

Coach

   
 

Robert Prosinečki

 

Pietro Ghedin

       
 

Referee

   
 

Halis Özkahya (FIFA and Turkey)

   
 

Assistant referees

   
 

Çem Satman and Ekrem Kan (FIFA and Turkey)

   
 

Fourth official

   
 

Kemal Yilmaz (FIFA and Turkey)

   
 

Additional assitant referees

   
 

Mete Kalkavan and Tolga Özkalfa (FIFA and Turkey)

 
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