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Goalless draw for Malta U-21s in friendly at Ta' Qali
Jun 5, 2019
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INTERNATIONAL UNDER-21 FRIENDLY
5 June 2019 – National Stadium, Ta’ Qali, Malta


MALTA                                   0
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA   0

The Malta Under-21 side played out a goalless draw against Bosnia & Herzegovina in a friendly match on Wednesday evening at the National Stadium. It was a spirited performance from Silvio Vella’s young squad who, especially in the first half, had some good opportunities to decide the match in their favour.


From the team’s last outing, the friendly against Kosovo in Turkey, Vella made two changes.

 

Pembroke's flank defender Zachary Grech and Jan Busuttil started instead of the injured Marcus Grima and Neil Frendo, who came on as a substitute later on. The other two substitutes, 18-year-old Ayrton Attard (Birkirkara) and Sliema’s Omar Elouni, both made their debut for the Malta U-21 team.

 

In the eighth minute, Zachary Brincat could have opened the scoring for the hosts but hit the post after being sent through in the middle of the pitch.

 

Four minutes later, Aidan Friggieri’s effort from close in was turned away for a corner by Bosnian goalkeeper Topolovic. In the 27th minute, good pressing from Malta paid off with a goalscoring opportunity of Myles Beerman whose shot was however to weak to trouble Topolovic.


Early in the second half, a shot from just outside the box by Haris Hajdarevic was saved with difficulty by Andreas Vella, with the ball bouncing against the post back into the hands of the Malta goalkeeper.

 

On the hour, Malta captain Jean Borg blocked an effort of Bosnian striker Zinedin Mustedanagic into a corner. Three minutes later, Vella performed a great save on a shot by Benjamin Hadzic from just outside the box. A shot by substitute Stipe Juric on 73 minutes just missed target.

 

Malta’s best opportunity in the second half came from Brincat who was released by Beerman but his shot missed the target. It was the last meaningful action of the match, a useful warm-up for Malta U-21s ahead of the UEFA Under-21 Championship qualifiers which start in September with two tricky away matches against Northern Ireland and Ukraine.


 

MALTA

Andreas Vella, Zachary Grech, Connor Zammit, Kurt Shaw, Nick Pulis, Jean Borg, Aidan Friggieri (Ayrton Attard 68), Michele Sansone, Zachary Brincat (Omar Elouni 89), Jan Busuttil (Neil Frendo 68), Myles Beerman. Coach: Silvio Vella

 

BOSNA & HERZEGOVINA

Kenan Topolovic (Adnan Kanuric 58), Halid Sabanovic, Jasmin Celikovic, Vedran Vrhovac (Rijad Sadiku 58), Amar Beganovic, Haris Hajdarevic (Vladan Danilovic 68), Marko Brkic (Mato Stanic 58), Paetar Bojo (Jovan Motika 68), Zinedin Mustedanagic, Benjamin Hadzic (Nemanja Nikolic 80), Nardin Mulahusejnovic (Stipe Juric 68). Coach: Vinko Marinovic.


Referee: Nathan Verboomen (Belgium).

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