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Ekranas held to narrow win by Valletta

Published: Tuesday 12 July 2011, 21.40CET
Valletta FC 2-3 FK Ekranas
Three goals to the good at one stage, Ekranas were forced to settle for a narrow victory following the hosts' fightback in Corradino.
by Domenic Aquilina
from Hibernians Ground
Ekranas held to narrow win by Valletta
Dainius Gleveckas (left) takes the plaudits following his goal for Ekranas ©Domenic Aquilina

Match statistics

VallettaEkranas

Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target11
 
6
Attempts off target5
 
3
Corners11
 
3
Offsides4
 
1
Fouls committed16
 
20
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 12 July 2011, 21.40CET

Ekranas held to narrow win by Valletta

Valletta FC 2-3 FK Ekranas
Three goals to the good at one stage, Ekranas were forced to settle for a narrow victory following the hosts' fightback in Corradino.

FK Ekranas hold a 3-2 advantage over Valletta FC following the first leg of their UEFA Champions League second qualifying round tie.

Although Ekranas are still in pole position to progress, they will feel aggrieved at the narrow margin of victory having at one stage been three goals ahead in Corradino thanks to first-half strikes from Uchenna Umeh, captain Dainius Gleveckas and Ramūnas Radavičius. Maltese champions Valletta refused to lie down, though, and narrowed the gap through new signing Michael Mifsud and a late penalty from William Barbosa.

It was Umeh, however, who set the tone for a dominant early period from the Lithuanian titleholders, dribbling past a series of Valletta defenders before slotting in on 15 minutes having gone close earlier. Things went from bad to worse for the hosts midway through the half when Gleveckas also beat goalkeeper Andrew Hogg.

Gilbert Agius nearly halved Valletta's deficit but they soon found themselves three down, Radavičius making no mistake from the spot following Jonathan Caruana's foul on Umeh.

Mifsud pulled one back within two minutes and subsequently missed three further opportunities to reduce his team's arrears. Hope remains for Valletta, though, after Barbosa converted a penalty to put them back in contention heading into next week's return leg.

Last updated: 13/07/11 0.21CET

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Lineups

valletta

Valletta

ekranas

Ekranas

24
HoggAndrew Hogg (GK)
21
ZubasEmilijus Zubas (GK)
2
CaruanaJonathan Caruana
Yellow Card40
3
GleveckasDainius Gleveckas (C)
Goal22
Yellow Card38
3
AzzopardiIan Azzopardi
7
RadavičiusRamūnas Radavičius
Goal41
Substitution83
4
BorgSteve Borg
10
KučysAurimas Kučys
6
FenechRyan Fenech
Substitution79
18
JokšasAndrius Jokšas
Yellow Card90
7
G. AgiusGilbert Agius (C)
20
DeduraIgnas Dedura
Yellow Card30
8
AgiusEdmond Agius
Yellow Card75
23
Mauro AlonsoMauro Alonso
Substitution80
10
BriffaRoderick Briffa
Yellow Card56
31
AndjelkovićMarko Andjelković
11
BarbosaWilliam Barbosa
Goal90+1
32
UmehUchenna Umeh
Goal15
Substitution65
18
PaceJamie Pace
Substitution46
70
VertelisAurimas Vertelis
29
MifsudMichael Mifsud
Goal43
81
MatovićDušan Matović
Yellow Card90+3

Substitutes

1
CiniYenez Cini (GK)
12
KauneckasTadas Kauneckas (GK)
9
ZammitIan Zammit
5
SkinderisMarius Skinderis
Substitution83
14
ZongoOusseni Zongo
8
MorozJevgenij Moroz
17
SciclunaKenneth Scicluna
9
RibokasArnas Ribokas
20
FalzonDyson Falzon
17
VeličkaAndrius Velička
Substitution80
21
EffiongAlfred Effiong
Substitution46
28
MarkevičiusTadas Markevičius
Substitution65
23
SammutKevin Sammut
Substitution79
88
PilotasRytis Pilotas

Coach

Leonard Farrugia (MLT) Valdas Urbonas (LTU)

Referee

Pavle Radovanović (MNE)

Assistant referees

Veselin Radunović (MNE), Dejan Pajović (MNE)

Fourth official

Mileta Šćepanović (MNE)

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