Malta's 2-2 draw with Azerbaijan yesterday was met with a certain amount of disappointment after the visitors' late equaliser kept Pietro Ghedin's side waiting for their first Group H victory. Consolation arrived in a landmark goal for Michael Mifsud, the captain telling UEFA.com: "I'm very happy to have reached 40 goals for my country. I was after this in the last couple of matches and it's finally arrived.
"Not many players have done this for their country. I lead a very healthy life in order to keep as fit as possible. It's always an honour to pull on the Malta jersey and I intend to go on doing so."
Mifsud's first goal for Malta came against Iceland in April 2001, and he brought up his 40th strike in his 112th appearance. Perhaps his most memorable individual display was his five goals in the 7-1 win against Liechtenstein in March 2008.
Rowen Muscat, Malta midfielder
I can't say we're satisfied with a point as we were after all three. Physically we were very tired in the first half after the match against Italy. In fact, at times it seemed like we weren't the same players. Thankfully we got a draw.
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