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Valletta in pole position after three-goal victory

Published: Tuesday 28 June 2011, 20.56CET
SP Tre Fiori 0-3 Valletta FC
Two goals either side of half-time and a 70th-minute penalty earned Valletta a significant lead to take back to Malta for the return leg.
by Martyn Hindley
from Stadio Olimpico
Valletta in pole position after three-goal victory
Giacomo Benedettini of Tre Fiori shields the ball from Valletta's Ryan Fenech ©Filippo Pruccoli

Match statistics

Tre FioriValletta

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target1
 
9
Attempts off target3
 
5
Corners1
 
3
Offsides1
 
3
Fouls committed11
 
16
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 28 June 2011, 20.56CET

Valletta in pole position after three-goal victory

SP Tre Fiori 0-3 Valletta FC
Two goals either side of half-time and a 70th-minute penalty earned Valletta a significant lead to take back to Malta for the return leg.

Valletta FC will take a three-goal advantage into next Wednesday's second leg thanks to a convincing 3-0 victory against San Marinese champions SP Tre Fiori.

Denni's strike just before the break followed by Alfred Effiong's goal five minutes into the second half gave Valletta a comfortable lead before Gilbert Agius completed the scoring from the penalty spot to put Valletta in command of the tie.

The visitors dominated proceedings in the first half, forcing Mauro Bertozzi in the Tre Fiori goal into a string of fines saves, most notably an excellent stop from Ryan Fenech's free-kick. However, with the game seemingly headed towards a goalless first half, the Maltese champions took the lead. Some neat build-up play involving captain Edmond Agius and William Barbosa set up Denni whose cool finish put the visitors ahead.

Buoyed by their opening goal, Leonard Farrugia's side started the second half as they had ended the first. Effiong's run evaded the attentions of the Tre Fiori defence and the 26-year-old doubled Valletta's lead. The hosts were denied a route back into the game when Federico Macina's effort was saved by Andrew Hogg, before Agius's 70th-minute spot-kick put the Maltese champions in pole position to face FK Ekranas in the next round.

The two sides meet again on 6 July for the right to take on the Lithuanian champions in the second qualifying round.

Last updated: 29/06/11 13.42CET

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Lineups

tre fiori

Tre Fiori

valletta

Valletta

1
BertozziMauro Bertozzi (GK)
24
HoggAndrew Hogg (GK)
4
BallantiAlessio Ballanti
2
CaruanaJonathan Caruana
Yellow Card27
Substitution71
5
CanarezzaNicola Canarezza (C)
Yellow Card50
4
BorgSteve Borg
6
BenedettiniGiacomo Benedettini
6
FenechRyan Fenech
Substitution54
7
SimonciniMichael Simoncini
8
AgiusEdmond Agius
8
TariniPaolo Tarini
Yellow Card39
Substitution46
10
BriffaRoderick Briffa
Yellow Card10
11
GiuntaAlessandro Giunta
Substitution65
11
BarbosaWilliam Barbosa
14
LisiAltin Lisi
18
PaceJamie Pace (C)
20
AndreiniMatteo Andreini
Yellow Card70
19
DenniDenni
Goal43
21
VannoniFabio Vannoni
20
FalzonDyson Falzon
23
MacinaFederico Macina
Substitution57
21
EffiongAlfred Effiong
Goal50
Substitution60

Substitutes

12
ColaGianluca Cola (GK)
1
CiniYenez Cini (GK)
2
VendeminiMatteo Vendemini
7
G. AgiusGilbert Agius
Substitution54
Goal70
3
BaizanMaximiliano Baizan
9
ZammitIan Zammit
Substitution60
10
AmiciFederico Amici
Substitution65
16
MagroKurt Magro
15
G. ZenunayGerhard Zenunay
Substitution57
17
SciclunaKenneth Scicluna
Substitution71
16
StolfiFrancesco Stolfi
23
SammutKevin Sammut
18
GriniNicolò Grini
Substitution46
26
FrendoCleavon Frendo

Coach

Paolo Tarini (ITA) Leonard Farrugia (MLT)

Referee

Alan Muir (SCO)

Assistant referees

James Bee (SCO), Brian Templeton (SCO)

Fourth official

Brian Colvin (SCO)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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