The official website for European football

Magical Mifsud helps Valletta overpower Lusitans

Published: Tuesday 3 July 2012, 22.40CET
Valletta FC 8-0 FC Lusitans
Michael Mifsud was the star of the show with four goals as the Maltese champions eased to victory against their Andorran counterparts.
by Domenic Aquilina
from Hibernians Ground
Magical Mifsud helps Valletta overpower Lusitans
Valletta forward Michael Mifsud celebrates scoring his fourth goal ©Domenic Aquilina
Published: Tuesday 3 July 2012, 22.40CET

Magical Mifsud helps Valletta overpower Lusitans

Valletta FC 8-0 FC Lusitans
Michael Mifsud was the star of the show with four goals as the Maltese champions eased to victory against their Andorran counterparts.

A four-goal haul from Michael Mifsud helped Valetta FC cruise to an 8-0 triumph in their UEFA Champions League first qualifying round first leg at home to FC Lusitans.

The hosts exploded out of the blocks, with five goals in the first 23 minutes setting them on their way to the joint second biggest victory in UEFA Champions League history. The return leg takes place in Andorra next Tuesday.

It took just four minutes for Valletta to open the scoring, defender Jonathan Caruana heading in Jhonnattann's corner. The Brazilian was also the architect six minutes later, as his cross picked out Mifsud who headed in to double the lead. A man inspired, Jhonnattann then helped himself to a pair of goals – his efforts (16, 23) sandwiching Mifsud's second, as the Malta captain neatly rounded keeper Andrés Benitez.

On the stroke of half time ex-Lillestrøm SK and Coventry City FC forward Mifsud completed his hat-trick with a splendid goal from Roderick Briffa's assist – the sixth of a frenetic half.

Two more in three minutes lifted a more subdued second 45; Mifsud (70) again waltzing past the keeper to score from Briffa's assist, before Briffa set up Edmond Agius (72) to score the eighth goal and all but cement a place in the second qualifying round.

"Scoring four goals in such a competition is special," Mifsud told UEFA.com after the match. "But credit to the team. We were determined to do well from the start and it turned out to be a splendid win which augurs well for us in such a prestigious competition."

Last updated: 04/07/12 9.13CET

Related information

Player profiles
Team profiles
Related match
  • SSI Err

http://www.uefa.com/news/newsid=1838662.html#magical+mifsud+helps+valletta+overpower+lusitans

UEFA.com features

Profile highlights: Stars' tips for young players
  • Profile highlights: Stars' tips for young players
  • See Xavi's UEFA Champions League story
  • More away day blues in store?
  • Charleroi, Deva, Alumnus challenge Dina
  • Inter return delights Ricardinho and Ortiz
  • Rešetár: Chrudim focus on Europe
  • Masterclass: Ibrahimović on beating opponents
  • Bulgaria buzzing as Ludogorets host Real Madrid
  • Durmaz thrilled by Malmö return with Olympiacos
  • Provincial trio threaten Belfast dominance
1 of 10
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.