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Malta earn first U21 away win at Lithuania

Published: Tuesday 7 June 2011, 19.05CET
Lithuania 1-2 Malta
The visitors came from behind to win their first Under-21 qualifier away from home and go top of Group 2.
by Dmitry Portnov
from Šiauliai central stadium
Malta earn first U21 away win at Lithuania
Rowen Muscat (right) was on target for Malta ©Domenic Aquilina

Match statistics

LithuaniaMalta

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target6
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
5
Corners5
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
13
Yellow cards4
 
0
Red Cards2
 
0

Standings

Published: Tuesday 7 June 2011, 19.05CET

Malta earn first U21 away win at Lithuania

Lithuania 1-2 Malta
The visitors came from behind to win their first Under-21 qualifier away from home and go top of Group 2.

Malta secured their first ever UEFA European Under-21 Championship away win at the 44th attempt to move to the top of the nascent qualifying Group 2.

Behind to a Marius Miškinis goal three minutes from half-time, Malta – who drew 0-0 in Finland on Friday – received a double fillip before the hour mark when the same player was sent off and Terence Vella dispatched the ensuing penalty. Captain Rowen Muscat completed the turnaround two minutes later and Lithuania's misery was complete four minutes from time when Karolis Chvedukas was dismissed.

It had all looked so rosy for Vitalijus Stankevičius's side, aiming to recover from a 1-0 home loss to Slovenia, when Miškinis opened the scoring from an Arvydas Novikovas set piece after a dominant start. Things started to go pear-shaped after the interval, though, the Lithuania No3 given his marching orders for his foul on Grech inside the penalty area. Vella did the rest from the spot.

Muscat headed Malta into the lead and their advantage was safe thereafter, Chvedukas's late red card extinguishing any lingering threat posed by Lithuania. Malta, already past their 2009 and 2011 qualifying points tallies combined, are now at the section summit, one clear of Slovenia who they face on 1 September, when Lithuania resume their campaign against Sweden.

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.20CET

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Lineups

Lithuania

Lithuania

Malta

Malta

12
BražinskasAivaras Bražinskas (GK)
1
SultanaSteve Sultana (GK)
2
JarmalavičiusKarolis Jarmalavičius
4
Z. MuscatZach Muscat
Substitution84
3
MiškinisMarius Miškinis
Goal42
Red Card57
5
BugejaOwen Bugeja
4
AndriuškevičiusVytautas Andriuškevičius
6
R. MuscatRowen Muscat (C)
Goal60
5
UrbaitisKarolis Urbaitis
7
L. GrechLeighton Grech
Substitution80
9
Tad. EliošiusTadas Eliošius (C)
Substitution70
8
VellaTerence Vella
Goal58
Substitution90+1
13
ChvedukasKarolis Chvedukas
Yellow Card71
Red Card86
13
CamilleriYessous Camilleri
15
VaskelaArminas Vaskela
14
C. BorgClyde Borg
16
RibokasArnas Ribokas
Substitution59
15
KristensenBjorn Kristensen
17
PetkusEdvinas Petkus
Yellow Card20
16
GauciMatthew Gauci
18
NovikovasArvydas Novikovas
Yellow Card45
Substitution54
17
CaruanaTristan Caruana

Substitutes

22
SimaitisTadas Simaitis (GK)
12
ParnisAdrian Parnis (GK)
6
JuozaitisJaunius Juozaitis
Substitution59
2
CassarClevean Cassar
Substitution90+1
7
BrokasAudrius Brokas
Substitution70
3
MartinelliLuca Martinelli
8
ŽulpaArtūras Žulpa
Substitution54
9
S. PisaniStephen Pisani
10
MorozJevgenij Moroz
10
CiantarMiguel Ciantar
Substitution80
19
JefišovasMartynas Jefišovas
11
XerriJonathan Xerri
21
JasaitisEdvinas Jasaitis
18
FarrugiaKane Farrugia
Substitution84

Coach

Vitalijus Stankevičius (LTU) Raymond Farrugia (MLT)

Referee

Petur Reinert (FRO)

Assistant referees

Jens Albert Simonsen (FRO), Jan A Lirenda (FRO)

Fourth official

Dagfinn Olsen (FRO)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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