Malta Football Association
Record-breaking Malta girls end campaign in style
Dec 1, 2020
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UEFA Women's EURO 2021 Qualifiers
PHOTOS: Alan Schieber
PHOTOS: Alan Schieber

  • PHOTOS: Alan Schieber
  • PHOTOS: Alan Schieber
  • PHOTOS: Alan Schieber
  • PHOTOS: Alan Schieber
  • PHOTOS: Alan Schieber

01/12/2020 – Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel



The Malta women’s national team wrapped up their UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 qualifying campaign in style after defeating Israel 2-0 at the Ramat Gan Stadium, in Tel-Aviv.

Led by coach Mark Gatt, Malta moved up to fourth place with a record 10-point tally in Group B, the highest number of points ever gained by the women’s senior side in a qualifying campaign at any stage. A successful campaign that reflects the progress of the women’s game on our shores.


In Israel, the Maltese produced a dominant performance to secure a deserved victory. A goal in each half by Brenda Borg and Haley Bugeja helped the Maltese conclude their qualification with 11 goals scored, one more than Israel. In addition, they also kept their second clean sheet in Group B following their 4-0 win over Georgia last week.


The Maltese girls made a bright start. After only four minutes, our girls could have taken the lead but Bugeja was unable to capitalise on Rachel Cuschieri’s cross from the left.


Israel replied through Lee Falkon whose attempt from inside the penalty area sailed over the bar.


The game ebbed and flowed with both teams seeking an early lead with the Maltese winning this battle thanks to Brenda Borg’s 15th-minute goal. It was a well-engineered break started by Stephania Farrugia who immediately found Bugeja wide on the right. The Sassuolo forward combined brilliantly with former MÄ¡arr United team-mate Borg who struck her second goal of the qualifying campaign.


Falkon threatened again when her cross-shot was blocked by Janice Xuereb before the Malta backline averted the danger.


At half-time, coach Gatt replaced captain Dorianne Theuma with Sunderland’s Maria Farrugia as Malta looked to punish Israel in search of a vital second. Things got worse for Israel when, on minute 51, Irena Kuznezov was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for a late tackle on the advancing Bugeja.

Malta profited from this situation as seven minutes later, they doubled their lead through Bugeja’s fifth goal of the campaign after the latter was released by Borg.


As the second half wore on, the Maltese continued to dominate proceedings with Israel failing to break down Gatt’s team.


Gatt introduced news faces, including Gozitan player Emma Xuereb who is now two games away from collecting her 60th cap and Martina Borg on her 40th appearance with Malta.


In the closing stages of the game, Malta easily controlled Israel’s efforts to collect their third win of the campaign.


A. Cohen, M. Been, S. Pearl, S. Nakav (76 M. Sharabi), K. Hazan, L. Falkon, I. Kuznezov, R. Shimrich (61 R. Michaeli), K. Sendel, R. Shtainshnaider (75 O. Sofer), N. Selimhodzic.


J. Xuereb, E. Lipman, S. Farrugia, D. Theuma (46 M. Farrugia), R. Cuschieri, A. Sultana (77 E. Xuereb), S. Zammit, C. Zammit, B. Borg (67 Y. Carabott), N. Sciberras, H. Bugeja (90 M. Borg).

Referee I. Projkovska (North Macedonia).

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