Malta Football Association
U21 Team arrive in Slovakia
Oct 9, 2021
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Early Saturday morning departure from Lithuania for the Malta Under21 Team following a commendable performance albeit a narrow 2-1 defeat in Alytus.

On Saturday afternoon the contingent arrived in Slovakia as preparations resume ahead of this double away Qualifying Group C header, rounded off on Tuesday next week at 16:30h Malta time here in Nitra.

Coach Gilbert Agius conveyed his moderate fulfilment for the better performance by the boys against Lithuania last night and compared with the 90 minutes a month ago in a heavy defeat in Khimki against Russia.


The result on Friday against Lithuania could have been harsh for the team who fought well and showed resilience particularly in the second period of the match, also debutants Larens Vella and Victor Degiorgio showed glimpses of what they are capable of and performed pretty well in the few minutes of playing time they delivered as late substitutes.


During the match Alejandro Garcia suffered a slight injury and his physical condition shall be assessed upon decision on Match Day squad of 20 players for match against Slovakia, currently the U21 squad is made up of 23 players including three keepers.


A delightful Jamie Sixsmith finish from just outside the box into the bottom far corner gave Malta a deserved consolation goal in time added on before the final whistle, few minutes before a clear penalty for the boys which decision was overlooked by the Romanian referee.


Meanwhile, and on a different note the Malta U21 Team on Saturday also welcomed Alex Satariano who joined the rest of the squad for the remainder of this trip and after coming on as a substitute for the senior side in their Friday night home qualifier against Slovenia.


Evening recovery session for the boys on Saturday, some fatigue related drills 24 hours after the match in Lithuania also ensuing a tiring and long journey upon contingent’s arrival in the central European country and before the boys start to ramp up their preparations as from Sunday prior to the match on Tuesday at 4.30pm (Malta time) in Nitra against the U21 side of Slovakia who last night only lost 3-2 away to powerful Spain in a separate UEFA European U21 Championship Qualifying Group C contest.

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