National Teams

Historic Main Round Qualification for the Malta Futsal Team

Published: 12-04-2024 11:08

Second win on the bounce for the Malta Futsal Team in the UEFA Preliminary Group in the Qualifying Round of the Euro Championship.

The opening group match 4-1 victory over Scotland was followed with another vibrant performance resulting in a trashing 8-0 win for the boys over Gibraltar.

All happening in the Swiss city of Bern, where competition is transmitting the hard work, commitment, and desire by all involved to propel Futsal on the island and the pursuit of better results for our National team when facing opposition on the international stage.

The 4-1 win over Scotland for the boys on Wednesday in the opening Group C match at the Mobiliar Arena, also allowed coaching Gabriel Dobre to assess his group of players back in action on unfamiliar territories following the in-depth duties carried out in recent weeks on home grounds that preceded this Preliminary Round competition in Switzerland.

In the win over Scotland, four different players hit the target adding their names to the scoresheet, these are Marwan Telissi, a super goal by Gianfranco Sammut, Celino Alves, and Michael Borg.

All depended on the outcome in the following match on Thursday for Malta, as they were fully aware their technical abilities, stamina, and speed are few attributes that make them superior to Gibraltar, however, the result was super emphatic as the boys emerged comprehensively 8-0 winners over their opponents on the day.

This result joined by a 3-1 win for Switzerland over Scotland meant that for the very first time in history, the Malta Futsal Team stepped up in terms of progressing to the next round of competition which is the Main Round, having previously only competed in the Preliminary Round of this UEFA European Championship Qualifier.

Vital players for Malta in this superb win over Gibraltar were captain Mark Zammit and Maicon, both netting three times each, goals also for Marwan Telissi and Celino Alves, the second goal for both in this competition thus far this week.

Malta will complete its duties in Group C on Saturday as they rub shoulders with hosts Switzerland, who like Malta have won their previous two encounters, and are also on maximum points after two games.

The match on Saturday between Switzerland and Malta kicks off at 6 pm CET.