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Birkirkara see off Santa Coloma

Published: Tuesday 6 July 2010, 20.25CET
Birkirkara FC 4-3 FC Santa Coloma (agg: 7-3)
Two goals apiece from Michael Galea and Trevor Cilia took Birkirkara into the second qualifying round for the first time.
by Domenic Aquilina

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Match statistics

BirkirkaraFC Santa Coloma

Goals scored4
 
3
Goal attempts9
 
5
Attempts off target6
 
0
Corners1
 
4
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed18
 
10
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 6 July 2010, 20.25CET

Birkirkara see off Santa Coloma

Birkirkara FC 4-3 FC Santa Coloma (agg: 7-3)
Two goals apiece from Michael Galea and Trevor Cilia took Birkirkara into the second qualifying round for the first time.

Birkirkara FC reached the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round for the first time as two goals each from Michael Galea and Trevor Cilia completed a comfortable aggregate triumph against FC Santa Coloma.

With last week's first leg in Andorra awarded as a 3-0 win to Birkirkara after the match was postponed because of poor pitch conditions, the Maltese champions were already in the driving seat and needed only ten minutes to stretch their aggregate advantage as captain Galea converted Shaun Bajada's assist. Santa Coloma swiftly struck back, however, Norberto Urbani levelling 11 minutes later with an opportunist strike that left home goalkeeper Ezequiel Lovizon stranded.

Birkirkara nevertheless remained largely in control and effectively clinched the tie with two goals in five minutes just past the half-hour. First, Paul Fenech released Galea with another perfect pass, the home captain again making no mistake, before Thomas Paris set up Cilia to make it 3-1. Although Manolo Jiménez reduced the deficit on the stroke of half-time with a floated free-kick which against left Lovizon helpless, almost immediately Fenech set up Cilia to restore Birkirkara's two-goal lead on the night.

The Andorran champions did have the last word, though, Jiménez delivering a corner for Mariano Urbani to score Santa Coloma's third goal of the night with five minutes remaining. Birkirkara nevertheless advance and will play Slovakia's MŠK Žilina in the next round with the first leg in Malta on 13/14 July and the return the following week. "Getting a win was definitely important," Cilia told UEFA.com. "I saw a very good Birkirkara today and I'm pleased with my two goals. We already know the strength of our next opponents and we'll be giving our all to show our best in both matches."

Last updated: 27/11/12 8.14CET

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Lineups

birkirkara

Birkirkara

fc santa coloma

FC Santa Coloma

1
LovizonEzequiel Lovizon (GK)
1
Ricardo FernándezRicardo Fernández (GK)
4
ParisThomas Paris
3
GilXavier Gil
5
NisevićBranko Nisević
4
AyalaJosep Ayala (C)
6
P. FenechPaul Fenech
6
SonejeeOscar Sonejee
Substitution77
7
CiliaTrevor Cilia
Goal35
Goal45+2
Substitution82
8
Genís GarcíaGenís García
Substitution54
9
M. GaleaMichael Galea (C)
Goal10
Goal31
9
UrbaniNorberto Urbani
Goal21
Yellow Card83
11
De CesareAndrew de Cesare
Yellow Card71
11
JiménezManolo Jiménez
Goal45
15
VukanacNikola Vukanac
Yellow Card83
17
SánchezAlfonso Sánchez
Yellow Card57
18
BajadaShaun Bajada
Substitution75
20
M. UrbaniMariano Urbani
Goal85
19
ZerafaJoseph Zerafa
Substitution68
21
J. SánchezJavier Sánchez
24
R. MuscatRowen Muscat
25
RibolledaDavid Ribolleda
Substitution46

Substitutes

22
O. BorgOmar Borg (GK)
13
SerranoIsrael Serrano (GK)
2
A. SciclunaAndrew Scicluna
7
Danilo AguirreDanilo Aguirre
3
P. BorgPatrick Borg
10
BodjoEric Bodjo
Substitution54
8
CamilliJacopo Camilli
14
Ivan GarcíaIvan García
10
TaboneAlan Tabone
Substitution75
18
Renato MotaRenato Mota
16
PuloCarl Pulo
Substitution68
19
G. SánchezGilbert Sánchez
Substitution77
20
BuhagiarAngus Buhagiar
Substitution82
22
Txema GarciaTxema Garcia
Substitution46
Yellow Card55

Coach

Paul Zammit (MLT) Xavier Roura Cuadros (ESP)

Referee

Bobby Madden (SCO)

Assistant referees

Francis Andrews (SCO), Steve Pullar (SCO)

Fourth official

Anthony Law (SCO)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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