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Malta held as Moldova rally

Published: Saturday 24 March 2007, 22.01CET
Moldova 1-1 Malta Alexandru Epureanu's late equaliser in Chisinau denied Malta what would have been a second successive win in Group C.

Match statistics

MoldovaMalta

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
0
Corners6
 
1
Fouls committed9
 
5
Yellow cards4
 
1
Red cards1
 
1

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Saturday 24 March 2007, 22.01CET

Malta held as Moldova rally

Moldova 1-1 Malta Alexandru Epureanu's late equaliser in Chisinau denied Malta what would have been a second successive win in Group C.

Moldova needed a late equaliser to deny Malta what would have been an unprecedented second successive victory in UEFA EURO 2008™ Group C in rainswept Chisinau. Just five minutes remained when Alexandru Epureanu headed in from a corner to cancel out George Mallia's opener in a match that both sides finished with ten men.

Missed penalty
Although bottom of the group, Moldova dominated from the start and it seemed only a matter of time before they got the breakthrough. The stage was set perfectly when they were awarded a penalty in the 24th minute, but Malta goalkeeper Justin Haber dived low to his right to save Viorel Frunza's spot-kick.

Pace scare
Buoyed by their first victory in competitive football for 13 years in their last qualifier against Hungary, Malta were resolute but on the back foot for the most part, although Jamie Pace's fierce free-kick fizzed just over the top from 25 metres to give Moldova a scare. The pattern of the game was much the same after the restart, with Haber again on his toes to deny Igor Bugaiov. The Malta keeper was left stranded in the 61st minute as he tried to close down Serghei Namasco and the FC Sheriff midfielder slipped the ball square to Frunza, but he stumbled over the attempt from four metres and could not steer his shot on target.

Malta score
Malta took the lead in the 73rd minute as Mallia raced on to a low, angled cross by Ivan Woods to steer the ball in off the underside of the crossbar, but their hopes of hanging on were crushed by Epureanu. As tempers flared before play could restart, Moldova's Serghei Dadu and Malta's Luke Dimech were sent off for their part in a goalmouth confrontation. Malta, who stay in fifth place on four points, host Greece on Wednesday, when Moldova travel to Hungary.

Last updated: 25/03/07 0.53CET

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Lineups

Moldova

Moldova

Malta

Malta

1
PaşcencoSerghei Paşcenco (GK)
1
HaberJustin Haber (GK)
2
GolovatencoVictor Golovatenco
4
SaidBrian Said
3
EpureanuAlexandru Epureanu
Yellow Card35
Goal85
5
BriffaRoderick Briffa
Yellow Card26
4
OlexicGhenadie Olexic
Yellow Card90+3
6
DimechLuke Dimech
Red Card84
9
BordianVitalie Bordian
7
G. AgiusGilbert Agius (C)
5
RebejaRadu Rebeja (C)
Yellow Card53
9
M. MifsudMichael Mifsud
Substitution90+2
6
ComleonocVictor Comleonoc
10
WoodsIvan Woods
Substitution77
8
Se. NamascoSerghei Namasco
Substitution81
11
MalliaGeorge Mallia
Goal73
10
FrunzăViorel Frunză
Penalty24
Yellow Card38
Substitution74
13
SchembriAndré Schembri
Substitution70
11
BugaevIgor Bugaev
17
SciclunaKenneth Scicluna
7
ZmeuDenis Zmeu
Substitution63
18
PaceJamie Pace

Substitutes

12
CalanceaNicolae Calancea (GK)
12
M. MuscatMario Muscat (GK)
17
IvanovStanislav Ivanov
Substitution63
2
J. MifsudJosef Mifsud
15
CorneencovAndrei Corneencov
3
AzzopardiIan Azzopardi
13
ŢîgîrlaşIgor Ţîgîrlaş
8
BogdanovicDaniel Bogdanovic
Substitution70
16
BulgaruSemion Bulgaru
14
SammutKevin Sammut
Substitution77
14
AlexeevSerghei Alexeev
Substitution74
20
R. BajadaRoderick Bajada
18
DaduSerghei Dadu
Substitution81
Red Card84
15
SciberrasGareth Sciberras
Substitution90+2

Coach

Igor Dobrovolski (RUS) Dušan Fitzel (CZE)

Referee

Vusal Aliyev (AZE)

Assistant referees

Azad Huseynov (AZE), Aydin Alakabarov (AZE)

Fourth official

Babak Guliyev (AZE)

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