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Seventh straight loss for Malta

Published: Saturday 7 June 2003, 20.00CET
Malta 1-2 Cyprus Cyprus condemn Malta to yet another Group 1 defeat.

Match statistics

MaltaCyprus

Goals scored1
 
2
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Saturday 7 June 2003, 20.00CET

Seventh straight loss for Malta

Malta 1-2 Cyprus Cyprus condemn Malta to yet another Group 1 defeat.

Cyprus remain second bottom in UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying Group 1 despite collecting a 2-1 win against Malta on Saturday which condemned Siegfried Held's side to their seventh successive defeat in the section.

Dreadful start
Malta, who are in last place and are yet to collect a point from seven games, got off to the worst possible start when Saviour Darmanin was dismissed for a challenge inside the area and Michalis Konstantinou converted the resulting spot-kick. The same player then doubled the visitors' lead early in the second half, before Luke Dimech managed a consolation goal for the home side.

Hard work
Konstantinou, however, denied the sending off made the victory any easier. "The match proved to be very difficult even if Malta were down to ten players early on," he said. "But I am happy with the result and the three points."

'Time up'
Malta striker Michael Mifsud disagreed. "The red card dented our chances of getting a good result," he said. "Down to ten men, we all knew it was going to be difficult, but we did well after the break and even got back into it with a late goal. We showed character but time was up."

Pivotal moment
Cyprus dominated the opening exchanges and the pivotal moment came in the 21st minute when Konstantinou surged into the box only to be brought down by Darmanin, then dusted himself off to score the spot-kick. The rest of the first half was closely contested and neither side fashioned any meaningful chances before the interval.

Deciding goal
Any hopes Malta had of clawing themselves back into contention faded nine minutes after the break when Ioannis Okkas' delicately placed pass released Konstantinou to squirm a low shot under the body of the diving Muscat.

Dimech lifeline
Malta threw men forward in search of a response and their efforts were rewarded in the 72nd minute as Dimech rose above the defence to send a cross from the left past Cypriot keeper Nikos Panayiotou. The goal inspired the home team and visiting defence were forced to hold firm as they pushed relentlessly for an equaliser in the dying stages.

Last updated: 08/06/03 1.20CET

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Lineups

Malta

Malta

Cyprus

Cyprus

1
DarmaninSaviour Darmanin
Red Card21
1
PanagiotouNicos Panagiotou (C)
2
CamenzuliWilliam Camenzuli
2
KonnafisPetros Konnafis
Yellow Card90+2
3
VellaSimon Vella
Yellow Card43
4
DaskalakisDemetris Daskalakis
Substitution65
4
CarabottDavid Carabott (C)
7
IliaMarios Ilia
5
SaidBrian Said
Substitution85
8
SatsiasMarinos Satsias
6
DimechLuke Dimech
Goal73
9
OkkasIoannis Okkas
Substitution80
7
TurnerNoel Turner
11
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
Goal23
Goal52
Yellow Card73
8
GiglioStefan Giglio
13
MichailChrysostomos Michail
9
MifsudMichael Mifsud
15
OkkaridesStelios Okkarides
10
MalliaGeorge Mallia
Substitution65
16
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides
Substitution90+2
11
NwokoChucks Nwoko
Substitution23
18
ChristodoulouMarios Christodoulou
Yellow Card64

Substitutes

12
M. MuscatMario Muscat
Substitution23
Yellow Card73
12
MorfisMichalis Morfis
13
G. AgiusGilbert Agius
Substitution65
Yellow Card78
6
FoukarisStavros Foukaris
Substitution65
18
BogdanovicDaniel Bogdanovic
Substitution85
14
YiasemakisYiasoumi Yiasemakis
Substitution80
14
ChetcutiJeffrey Chetcuti
17
GarpozisAlexandros Garpozis
Substitution90+2
15
MamoCarlo Mamo
3
GermanosChristos Germanos
16
D. CamilleriDavid Camilleri
5
NikolaouNikos Nikolaou
17
HollandJonathan Holland
10
NeophytouMarios Neophytou

Coach

Siegfried Held (GER) Momcilo Vukotic (CYP)

Referee

Bernhard Brugger (AUT)

Assistant referees

Norbert Schwab (AUT), Franz Maislinger (AUT)

Fourth official

Richard Kern (AUT)

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