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Malta aim for first victory in final match with Israel

Published: Wednesday 7 September 2011, 10.00CET
Malta will be looking to avenge their opening Group F defeat to Israel and get a first victory on the board as the two sides conclude their qualifying campaigns in Ta'Qali.
Malta aim for first victory in final match with Israel
Malta celebrate gaining their first Group F point against Georgia ©Domenic Aquilina

Tournament statistics

MaltaIsrael

Goals scored4
 
13
Total attempts102
 
136
Attempts on target27
 
43
Attempts off target41
 
63
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork2
 
1
Corners30
 
53
Offsides21
 
25
Yellow cards19
 
21
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed130
 
126
Fouls suffered135
 
122
 
Published: Wednesday 7 September 2011, 10.00CET

Malta aim for first victory in final match with Israel

Malta will be looking to avenge their opening Group F defeat to Israel and get a first victory on the board as the two sides conclude their qualifying campaigns in Ta'Qali.

Malta and Israel bring the curtain down on their UEFA EURO 2012 Group F campaign with a meeting in Ta' Qali, with the hosts eager to get more points on the board.

• A hat-trick from captain Yossi Benayoun inspired Israel to a 3-1 victory against Malta in both teams' opening Group F qualifier on 2 September 2010. Jamie Pace equalised for the visitors before the break.

• Malta's record in seven games against Israel reads W0 D2 L5 (W0 D0 L2 at home).

• Pre-UEFA EURO 2012, the teams last met in Antalya on 10 September 2003, when the hosts needed a late Pini Balili equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw and deny Malta a famous victory. Michael Mifsud and David Carabott had earlier fired the visitors into the lead following Haim Revivo's first-half opener.

• That proved to be Malta's sole point in their bid for a place at the UEFA EURO 2004 finals in Portugal. Israel, who also prevailed 2-0 in Ta' Qali on 12 October 2002 thanks to efforts from Balili and Revivo, could only finish third in qualifying Group 1.

• Malta's other draw against Israel came on opposition soil as well, the two sides recording a 1-1 stalemate in Haifa on 2 December 1987.

• That encounter was sandwiched between a pair of home victories for Israel, Malta losing the very first meeting between the nations 2-1 in Jerusalem on 6 September 1984 and then succumbing 2-0 in Beersheba on 18 October 1988.

Last updated: 07/10/11 23.09CET

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