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Magical Mifsud helps Valletta overpower Lusitans

Published: Tuesday 3 July 2012, 22.40CET
Valletta FC 8-0 FC Lusitans
Michael Mifsud was the star of the show with four goals as the Maltese champions eased to victory against their Andorran counterparts.
by Domenic Aquilina
from Hibernians Ground
Magical Mifsud helps Valletta overpower Lusitans
Valletta forward Michael Mifsud celebrates scoring his fourth goal ©Domenic Aquilina

Match statistics

VallettaLusitans

Goals scored8
 
0
on target8
 
1
off target10
 
3
Corners6
 
8
Offsides7
 
1
Fouls committed13
 
4
Yellow cards0
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 3 July 2012, 22.40CET

Magical Mifsud helps Valletta overpower Lusitans

Valletta FC 8-0 FC Lusitans
Michael Mifsud was the star of the show with four goals as the Maltese champions eased to victory against their Andorran counterparts.

A four-goal haul from Michael Mifsud helped Valetta FC cruise to an 8-0 triumph in their UEFA Champions League first qualifying round first leg at home to FC Lusitans.

The hosts exploded out of the blocks, with five goals in the first 23 minutes setting them on their way to the joint second biggest victory in UEFA Champions League history. The return leg takes place in Andorra next Tuesday.

It took just four minutes for Valletta to open the scoring, defender Jonathan Caruana heading in Jhonnattann's corner. The Brazilian was also the architect six minutes later, as his cross picked out Mifsud who headed in to double the lead. A man inspired, Jhonnattann then helped himself to a pair of goals – his efforts (16, 23) sandwiching Mifsud's second, as the Malta captain neatly rounded keeper Andrés Benitez.

On the stroke of half time ex-Lillestrøm SK and Coventry City FC forward Mifsud completed his hat-trick with a splendid goal from Roderick Briffa's assist – the sixth of a frenetic half.

Two more in three minutes lifted a more subdued second 45; Mifsud (70) again waltzing past the keeper to score from Briffa's assist, before Briffa set up Edmond Agius (72) to score the eighth goal and all but cement a place in the second qualifying round.

"Scoring four goals in such a competition is special," Mifsud told UEFA.com after the match. "But credit to the team. We were determined to do well from the start and it turned out to be a splendid win which augurs well for us in such a prestigious competition."

Last updated: 04/07/12 9.13CET

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Lineups

valletta

Valletta

lusitans

Lusitans

25
KrulAndré Krul (GK)
1
BenitezAndrés Benitez (GK)
2
CaruanaJonathan Caruana
Goal4
3
Hugo VelosoHugo Veloso
Yellow Card34
Substitution52
3
AzzopardiIan Azzopardi
Substitution69
4
Yael FontanYael Fontan
4
BorgSteve Borg
6
BertranSebastià Bertran
9
MifsudMichael Mifsud
Goal10
Goal18
Goal45
Goal70
8
Luis PintoLuis Pinto
10
BriffaRoderick Briffa (C)
9
Pedro ReisPedro Reis
11
BarbosaWilliam Barbosa
15
BruninhoBruninho
13
Riccardo RochaRiccardo Rocha
Substitution46
16
AtabuAtabu
17
JhonnattannJhonnattann
Goal17
Goal23
Substitution71
18
Rafael BritoRafael Brito
19
DenniDenni
21
Franklim SoaresFranklim Soares (C)
Substitution23
21
Jusselio Donizete Jusselio Donizete
24
Leonel MacielLeonel Maciel
Yellow Card74
Substitution85

Substitutes

1
CiniYenez Cini (GK)
30
Ricardo FernándezRicardo Fernández (GK)
6
FenechRyan Fenech
Substitution46
5
Samuel MartinsSamuel Martins
7
G. AgiusGilbert Agius
10
Luis Dos ReisLuis Dos Reis
Substitution23
8
AgiusEdmond Agius
Substitution71
Goal72
11
Fernando GonçalvesFernando Gonçalves
Substitution52
20
FalzonDyson Falzon
Substitution69
13
PinheiroBruno Pinheiro
23
SammutKevin Sammut
14
FerreiraJonathan Ferreira
26
FrendoCleavon Frendo
20
MezaGabriel Meza
Substitution85

Coach

Mark Miller (ENG) Vicenç Marquès (AND)

Referee

Johnny Casanova (SMR)

Assistant referees

Massimo Zanotti (SMR), Andrea Guidi (SMR)

Fourth official

Leonardo Guidi (SMR)

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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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