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Vukanac strike delights Birkirkara

Published: Tuesday 13 July 2010, 19.45CET
Birkirkara FC 1-0 MŠK Žilina
Nikola Vukanac's first-minute goal gave the Maltese champions a slender but valuable advantage to take to Slovakia next week.
by Domenic Aquilina
from Centenary Stadium
Vukanac strike delights Birkirkara
Joseph Zerafa basks in the moment of victory ©Domenic Aquilina

Match statistics

BirkirkaraŽilina

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
14
Attempts off target1
 
12
Corners0
3
Offsides2
 
4
Fouls committed8
 
19
Yellow cards5
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 13 July 2010, 19.45CET

Vukanac strike delights Birkirkara

Birkirkara FC 1-0 MŠK Žilina
Nikola Vukanac's first-minute goal gave the Maltese champions a slender but valuable advantage to take to Slovakia next week.

Birkirkara FC gained a slender but valuable advantage in their UEFA Champions League second qualifying round tie against MŠK Žilina, Nikola Vukanac's first-minute goal giving the Maltese titleholders a second successive home win in the competition.

Last week's aggregate defeat of FC Santa Coloma put Paul Zammit's team in this stage for the first time, and they needed less than 60 seconds to make their mark. Shaun Bajada's powerful free-kick was only parried by Martin Dúbravka in the Žilina goal and the alert Serbian defender Vukanac was on hand to tap in to give his team the edge ahead of next week's return in Slovakia.

Birkirkara were made to work hard for their win, however, with Issiaka Bello pulling the strings in midfield for the visitors, but some disciplined defending ensured the home team reached half-time with their lead intact. It was a similar story after the interval, yet still Žilina were unable to find a way through and will have to overturn the deficit at the Pod Dubňom Stadium next Wednesday.

Last updated: 14/07/10 9.53CET

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Lineups

birkirkara

Birkirkara

žilina

Žilina

1
LovizonEzequiel Lovizon (GK)
Yellow Card68
30
DúbravkaMartin Dúbravka (GK)
5
NisevićBranko Nisević
2
AngelovičStanislav Angelovič
Yellow Card90+4
6
FenechPaul Fenech
6
MrázPatrik Mráz
Yellow Card56
9
M. GaleaMichael Galea (C)
9
RilkeEmil Rilke
Substitution60
10
TaboneAlan Tabone
10
MajtánTomáš Majtán
Substitution68
11
De CesareAndrew de Cesare
Yellow Card15
Substitution85
12
JežRóbert Jež (C)
15
VukanacNikola Vukanac
Goal1
Substitution72
14
OravecTomáš Oravec
16
PuloCarl Pulo
Yellow Card65
Substitution81
15
PiačekJozef Piaček
Yellow Card33
18
BajadaShaun Bajada
23
ŠourekOndřej Šourek
Yellow Card45+2
19
J. ZerafaJoseph Zerafa
Yellow Card77
27
ZošákŠtefan Zošák
Substitution80
20
BuhagiarAngus Buhagiar
Yellow Card69
28
BelloBabatounde Bello

Substitutes

22
O. BorgOmar Borg (GK)
22
KrnáčMartin Krnáč (GK)
2
A. SciclunaAndrew Scicluna
Substitution81
5
GuldanĽubomír Guldan
3
P. BorgPatrick Borg
Substitution72
7
LeitnerVladimír Leitner
Substitution80
8
FenechKeith Fenech
19
FótyikDominik Fótyik
Substitution68
14
GaleaAndreas Galea
21
PoliačekPavol Poliaček
Substitution60
17
F. ZammitFabian Zammit
24
ChupáčJuraj Chupáč
23
R. SciclunaRyan Scicluna
Substitution85

Coach

Paul Zammit (MLT) Pavel Hapal (CZE)

Referee

Lee Evans (WAL)

Assistant referees

Philip Thomas (WAL), Mark Dyson (WAL)

Fourth official

John Dean (WAL)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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