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Mifsud and Healy enjoy record nights

Published: Thursday 27 March 2008
Malta's Michael Mifsud scored five goals while Northern Ireland's David Healy bagged an unusual brace as uefa.com rounds up the action from Wednesday's friendlies.
Mifsud and Healy enjoy record nights
David Healy is Northern Ireland's leading scorer ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 27 March 2008

Mifsud and Healy enjoy record nights

Malta's Michael Mifsud scored five goals while Northern Ireland's David Healy bagged an unusual brace as uefa.com rounds up the action from Wednesday's friendlies.
Malta's Michael Mifsud scored five goals while Northern Ireland's David Healy bagged an unusual brace in Belfast in Wednesday's friendly games.

Mighty haul
Coventry City FC striker Mifsud struck five times as Malta earned their biggest ever international win against fellow minnows Liechtenstein, 7-1 in Ta'Qali. Mifsud scored two penalties and three more from open play with Jamie Pace and Brian Said also registering. Liechtenstein had missed a penalty before Franz Burgmeier headed their goal.

Unusual double
Having received a special medal from UEFA President Michel Platini before Northern Ireland's game against Georgia to recognise his record haul of 13 goals in qualifying, Healy hogged the headlines in Belfast, scoring at both ends in a 4-1 win. Kyle Lafferty played an able supporting role with two of the home side's other goals.

Montenegrin success
Montenegro had an equally thrilling result as they beat Norway 3-1 in Podgorica despite ending the game with ten men. Igor Burzanović, Branko Bošković and Radomir Djalović scored for the hosts with John Carew pulling one back before Milan Jovanović was dismissed. Iceland also had reason to celebrate after winning 2-1 in Slovakia.

Shevchenko scores
Freddy Eastwood hit a double as Wales won 2-0 in Luxembourg, while Bosnia-Herzegovina's game against F.Y.R. Macedonia ended in a 2-2 draw, with Dario Damjanović and Goran Maznov recording two apiece. Andriy Shevchenko was also on the scoresheet, dispatching the first in a 2-0 win against Serbia, with Serhiy Nazarenko adding a second to give Ukraine their first victory under new coach Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko.

Debut strike
A late goal from debutant Stanislav Genchev saw Bulgaria beat Finland 2-1 in Sofia, while Mirnes Šišić exploited some sloppy defending to score Slovenia's only goal in a win in Hungary. In Tallinn, Estonia made the best of some cold weather to earn a 2-0 win against Canada, with Fulham FC's Paul Stalteri scoring an own goal and Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko scoring the hosts' second.

Israeli record
A free-kick from captain Yossi Benayoun was decisive in Israel's 1-0 win against Chile in Ramat Gan, as FC Barcelona's Guy Asulin broke a national record, making his international debut 14 days shy of his 17th birthday. Meanwhile Armenia's golden boy, Edgar Manucharyan, scored their only goal in a 1-0 win against Kazakhstan in the Netherlands.

Belgian misery
Arunas Klimavičius was the only goalscorer as Lithuania won 1-0 at home against ten-man Azerbaijan while Belgium endured a rotten night, with debutant Axel Witsel's strike providing scant consolation as they lost 4-1 at home against Morocco. In the night's other game, Andorra lost 3-0 at home against Latvia, with all three goals coming in the first half.

Last updated: 04/04/08 18.37CET

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