Malta Football Association
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Albania beat Malta in Durres
Mar 5, 2014
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Malta lost by two goals to nil to Albania in a friendly match played at the N. Dovana Stadium in Durres. A match meant to serve as preparation for the upcoming EURO 2016 Qualifying Matches which are due to start in September.


Missing some regular players due to having dropped the Valletta players over a training dispute, national team coach Pietro Ghedin opted to start with Ryan Camilleri and Steve Bezzina in defence and B'kara's midfielder Paul Fenech.

 

Albania took control of the match after Malta captain Michael MIfsud missed a chance early on. The hosts took the lead on the 26th minute mark with Midjen Basha heading home from a corner.

 

Malta failed to react with Albania keeping control. Seven minutes into the second half Alban Meha came up with a scorcher from outside the area to leave keeper Andrew Hogg helpless to make it 2-0.

 

Ghedin's team below par performance continued, and it was only after several substitutions were made by both sides, one of which included the introduction of striker Terence Vella who replaced Michael Mifsud in the dying minutes that Malta managed a couple of attempts at goal.

 

Full match report;

 

 

International Friendly 'A' Match

   
 

Albania  vs. Malta  FT 2-0 (HT 1-0)

   
 

Scorers: M. Basha 25', A. Meha 52' (ALB)

   
 

Venue: Niko Dovana Stadium - Durres, Albania

   
 

Date: 05-03-2014 Time: 18:00 Hrs

   
       
 

Albania

 

Malta

 

1

Etrit Berisha (Gk) (Sub out 85')

1

Andrew Hogg  (GK)

 

2

Andi Lila

2

Alexander Muscat

 

15

Mergim Mavraj

3

Steve Bezzina

 

7

Ansi Agolli

4

Gareth Sciberras  (Sub out 59')

 

5

Lorik Cana (C) (Y 35')

5

Andrei Agius

 

4

Migjen Basha (G 25', Sub out 82')

6

Paul Fenech

 

17

Alban Meha (G 52', Sub out 65')

7

Clayton Failla

 

20

Ergys Kace (Y 70', Sub out 79')

9

Michael Mifsud  (C) (Sub out 89')

 

9

Edmond Kapllani (Sub out 78')

13

Andre' Schembri  (Sub out 67')

 

10

Valdet Rama (Sub out 71')

14

John Mintoff (Sub out 90')

 

19

Jahmir Hyka

17

Ryan Camilleri

 

       

 

 

Substitutes

   

 

12

Orges Shehi (Gk) (Sub in 86')

12

Justin Haber  (Gk)

 

6

Renato Arapi

8

Terence Vella  (Sub in 89')

 

13

Armando Sadiku (Sub in 78')

10

Andrew Cohen  (Sub in 67')

 

21

Odise Roshi (Sub in 71')

11

Edward Herrera  (Sub in 90')

 

8

Amir Abrashi (Sub in 65')

20

Zach Muscat

 

11

Emiljano Vila (Sub in 82')

18

Bjorn Kristensen (Sub in 59')

 

18

Ledian Memushaj (Sub in 79')

19

Joseph Zerafa

 

   

15

Leighton Grech

 

       

 

 

Coach

   

 

 

Gianni De Biasi

 

Pietro Ghedin

 

       
 

Referee

   
 

Dejan Jakimovski (FIFA and Macedonia)

   
 

Assistant referees

   
 

Isa Emurli (FIFA and Macedonia) and Goce Petreski (FIFA and Macedonia)

 

Fourth official

   
 

Bardhyl Pashaj (FIFA and Macedonia)

   
       
 

G: Goal, Y: Yellow, R: Red, Sub in: Substituted in , Sub out: Substituted Out,
Missed Pen: Missed Penalty, Scored Pen: Scored Penalty

             
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