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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

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

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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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