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Valletta ease past Tre Fiori

Published: Wednesday 6 July 2011, 20.57CET
Valletta FC 2-1 SP Tre Fiori (agg: 5-1)
The hosts came from behind to overcome their ten-man opponents after substitute William Barbosa grabbed an 88th-minute winning goal.
by Domenic Aquilina
from Hibernians Ground
Valletta ease past Tre Fiori
Valletta's Ian Zammit (right) celebrates his equaliser with Jamie Pace ©Domenic Aquilina

Match statistics

VallettaTre Fiori

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target15
 
1
Attempts off target17
 
2
Corners6
 
0
Offsides11
 
1
Fouls committed9
 
9
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
1
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 6 July 2011, 20.57CET

Valletta ease past Tre Fiori

Valletta FC 2-1 SP Tre Fiori (agg: 5-1)
The hosts came from behind to overcome their ten-man opponents after substitute William Barbosa grabbed an 88th-minute winning goal.

A goal two minutes from time by substitute William Barbosa earned Maltese champions Valletta FC a 2-1 second-leg success against ten-man SP Tre Fiori and a second qualifying round encounter with FK Ekranas next week.

Barbosa had missed a succession of second-half chances after Ian Zammit brought his side level on the night by cancelling out Altin Lisi's first-half penalty with a spot-kick of his own in the 58th minute. But with Tre Fiori down to men following Matteo Vendemini's dismissal, the substitute eventually found his aim to complete a second successive win against Paolo Tarini's plucky charges.

Buoyed by their 3-0 first leg success in San Marino, Valletta began the match confidently but found their aggregate lead reduced to two goals when Kenneth Scicluna bought down Alessandro Giunta in the area, enabling Altin Lisi to score from the spot.

The Maltese champions twice came close to equalising before the break through Denni, but the Brazilian forward was denied by Gianluca Cola on both occasions and had to be substituted following the goalkeeper's second challenge four minutes before half-time.

Cola was in fine form and denied Jamie Pace shortly after the interval with a fine reaction save, after which Zammit could only sky the rebound. However, Zammit soon made amends when he beat Cola from the penalty spot after Vendemini had hauled him down in the area and was sent off after being shown a second yellow card. The Tre Fiori goalkeeper continued to impress for the Sammarinese champions but his resistance was broken again late in the game when Barbosa finished off Edmond Agius's floating cross.

"I don't think that our performance was that good in the first half," Valletta captain Gilbert Agius told UEFA.com. "We were too static and let our opponents see too much of the ball. We showed our mettle in the second half, though, and improved tremendously. Overall I was satisfied with the team's general peformance. There is always room for improvement which should be a must if our objective against our next UEFA Champions League opponents Ekranas is to take us further in this exlusive competition."

The reward for Valletta's 5-1 aggregate win is a second qualifying round encounter with Ekranas, the first leg taking place in Malta on 12 July with the return a week later.

Last updated: 06/07/11 23.54CET

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Lineups

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Valletta

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Tre Fiori

24
HoggAndrew Hogg (GK)
12
ColaGianluca Cola (GK)
4
BorgSteve Borg
2
VendeminiMatteo Vendemini
Yellow Card48
Red Card56
7
G. AgiusGilbert Agius (C)
3
BaizanMaximiliano Baizan
8
AgiusEdmond Agius
5
CanarezzaNicola Canarezza (C)
Substitution78
9
ZammitIan Zammit
Goal58
7
SimonciniMichael Simoncini
Yellow Card7
14
ZongoOusseni Zongo
Substitution58
10
AmiciFederico Amici
Substitution65
17
SciclunaKenneth Scicluna
11
GiuntaAlessandro Giunta
Substitution90+1
18
PaceJamie Pace
14
LisiAltin Lisi
Goal21
19
DenniDenni
Substitution39
18
GriniNicolò Grini
20
FalzonDyson Falzon
20
AndreiniMatteo Andreini
Yellow Card80
21
EffiongAlfred Effiong
Substitution77
21
VannoniFabio Vannoni

Substitutes

1
CiniYenz Cini (GK)
1
BertozziMauro Bertozzi (GK)
2
CaruanaJonathan Caruana
4
BallantiAlessio Ballanti
6
FenechRyan Fenech
Substitution39
15
G. ZenunayGerhard Zenunay
Substitution65
10
BriffaRoderick Briffa
16
StolfiFrancesco Stolfi
Substitution90+1
11
BarbosaWilliam Barbosa
Substitution58
Yellow Card59
Goal88
17
D. ZenunayDonald Zenunay
23
SammutKevin Sammut
Substitution77
19
GranaSimone Grana
Substitution78
26
FrendoCleavon Frendo
23
MacinaFederico Macina

Coach

Leonard Farrugia (MLT) Paolo Tarini (ITA)

Referee

Bardhyl Pashaj (ALB)

Assistant referees

Proletar Puto (ALB), Ermal Barushi (ALB)

Fourth official

Emirion Sino (ALB)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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