Malta Football Association
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Malta land in Romania ahead of Sunday’s Euro qualifier
Sep 6, 2019
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Malta train in Strejnicu on Friday evening. PHOTO: Domenic Aquilina/MFA
Malta train in Strejnicu on Friday evening. PHOTO: Domenic Aquilina/MFA

The Malta squad arrived in Romania on Friday afternoon ahead of Sunday’s EURO 2020 Group F qualifier in Ploiesti. The chartered Air Malta flight from Oslo to Bucharest took three hours.


On Thursday night, Malta conceded a 2-0 defeat to Norway in the first of this away double header while Romania went down 2-1 at home to Group F leaders Spain.

 

At the post-match press conference, Malta coach Ray Farrugia said he was disappointed with the result as a defeat is always hard to take but praised the team’s tactical discipline and bold performance, especially in the second half in what was a must-win clash for Norway to keep their qualifying hopes alive.

 

Farrugia highlighted the fact that five players who formed part of the Under-21 team in the last qualifying campaign were in the starting XI against Norway as the coaching staff continued the process of introducing more young players in the senior squad.

 

Defender Zach Muscat is recovering from a dead leg which forced him out of the match after only 20 minutes of Thursday’s qualifier at the Ullevaal Stadium.

 

The players who started Thursday’s qualifier had a recovery session at the team hotel in Ploiesti on Friday evening while the remaining players trained at a nearby pitch.

 

Malta are due to hold their official training session at the Ilie Oana Stadium in Ploiesti on Saturday evening, starting at 18.00, while Romania will train at their National Football Centre in Mogosoaia in the morning.

 

The results of Thursday’s Group F qualifiers left the race for second place wide open as Sweden, 4-0 winners over the Faroe Islands, have 10 points, five adrift of leaders Spain who have a perfect record after five matches.

 

Norway moved up to third on eight points after their win over Malta while Romania remain on seven points with five matches remaining.

 

Sunday’s EURO 2020 qualifier between Romania and Malta kicks off at 18.00CET.

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