Ta' Qali National Stadium - Ta' Qali 16/07/2013 - 19:30CET (19:30 local time)

Second qualifying round, First leg

Birkirkara - Maribor
0-0

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Birkirkara left frustrated in Maribor stalemate

Published: Tuesday 16 July 2013, 23.15CET
Birkirkara FC 0-0 NK Maribor
The Maltese champions rattled the woodwork in each half but could find no way past their more vaunted opponents from Slovenia.
by Domenic Aquilina
from Ta' Qali National Stadium
Birkirkara left frustrated in Maribor stalemate
There was no separating Birkirkara and Maribor in the first leg in Malta ©Domenic Aquilina
 

Match statistics

Birkirkara
Maribor

0

Goals scored

0

0

Possession (%)

0

19

Total attempts

19

4

on target

4

10

off target

6

0

blocked

0

2

against woodwork

0

4

Corners

7

1

Offsides

0

3

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

10

Fouls committed

10

10

Fouls suffered

10

Lineups

birkirkara

Birkirkara

maribor

Maribor

16Haber (GK)33J. Handanovič (GK)
2Herrera5Filipovič
Yellow Card88
4Sciberras (C)
Yellow Card79
6Milec
6P. Fenech
Yellow Card80
7Mejač
7Camenzuli
Yellow Card54
8Mezga
11Shodiya
Substitution68
9Tavares (C)
Substitution84
14Temile
Substitution80
10Ibraimi
15Vukanac20Cvijanovič
17Moreno26Rajčevič
22Z. Muscat44Arghus
24R. Muscat
Substitution83
70Mertelj
Substitution69

Substitutes

1Gauci (GK)12Pridigar (GK)
3Maciel14Mendy
5Richard17Fajić
Substitution84
10Triganza
Substitution83
21Derviševič
19Zerafa
Substitution80
22Potokar
20Camilleri28Viler
23Touré
Substitution68
39Bohar
Substitution69

Coaches

Paul Zammit (MLT) Ante Čačić (CRO)

Referee

Radu Marian Petrescu (ROU)

Press kits

Standings

 
 
  
Published: Tuesday 16 July 2013, 23.15CET

Birkirkara left frustrated in Maribor stalemate

Birkirkara FC 0-0 NK Maribor
The Maltese champions rattled the woodwork in each half but could find no way past their more vaunted opponents from Slovenia.

It finished honours even between Maltese champions Birkirkara FC and Slovenian title holders NK Maribor in the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round first leg on the Mediterranean island.

An encouraging performance by Paul Zammit's team at the Ta' Qali National Stadium nonetheless failed to produce an advantage to take to Maribor in eight days' time. The hosts' best moments came towards the end of each half as first Edward Herrera rattled the crossbar of Jasmin Handanovič's goal and then substitute Jean-Pierre Triganza hit the base of the post with Handanovič beaten.

That second scare for Ante Čačić's team came in the 89th minute, as one of four good chances for a positive-looking Birkirkara outfit in which defender Zach Muscat and the fast-running Frank Temile caught the eye. Triganza robbed Aleksander Rajčevič of the ball just outside Maribor's penalty area only to see his fine attempt strike the bottom of the upright. If that would have been ample reward for the Maltese club's efforts on the night, so too Herrera's dipping 39th-minute drive that was too much for Handanovič but not the woodwork.

However, Birkirkara's tactically sound display against diligent opponents, for whom Dejan Mezga impressed in midfield, would earn just a draw and a clean sheet. Still, the stalemate was perhaps a reflection of an even second half which whetted the appetite for the second leg in Slovenia next Wednesday, 24 July.

Last updated: 17/07/13 0.18CET

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