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Timely Muscat salvages point for Malta

Published: Friday 7 October 2011, 20.45CET
Malta 2-2 Ukraine
Rowen Muscat's added-time equaliser earned Malta a qualifying Group 2 draw from a match which featured three goals in the opening 13 minutes.
by Domenic Aquilina
from Gozo Stadium
Timely Muscat salvages point for Malta
Terence Vella celebrates scoring Malta's first equaliser ©Domenic Aquilina
Published: Friday 7 October 2011, 20.45CET

Timely Muscat salvages point for Malta

Malta 2-2 Ukraine
Rowen Muscat's added-time equaliser earned Malta a qualifying Group 2 draw from a match which featured three goals in the opening 13 minutes.

A goal in the fourth minute of added time from Rowen Muscat rescued a draw for Malta in their UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group 2 qualifier against Ukraine.

The captain's equaliser came at the end of a game which exploded into life with three goals in the opening 13 minutes, two of which were scored by Ukraine's Roman Bezus.

The FC Vorksla Poltava striker lobbed the visitors into a tenth-minute lead, looping the ball over hesitant goalkeeper Steve Sultana, yet Ukraine's joy was short-lived as Terence Vella ran on to Miguel Ciantar's pass and rounded Maxym Koval.

Bezus restored Ukraine's advantage when he avoided three challenges in the area and fired past Sultana, who kept his team in contention with second-half saves from Yevhen Shakhov and Illya Mikhaliov.

Ukraine were now in control and looked set to follow up their opening loss to Slovenia with three points but, with time ebbing away, Muscat profited from a long ball out from the back to lob in a goal which earned the hosts their fifth point from as many matches in the group.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.22CET

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Lineups

Malta

Malta

Ukraine

Ukraine

1
SultanaSteve Sultana (GK)
12
KovalMaxym Koval (GK)
3
MartinelliLuca Martinelli
2
PutrashIurii Putrash
Yellow Card87
4
Z. MuscatZach Muscat
4
KryvtsovSerhiy Kryvtsov (C)
5
BugejaOwen Bugeja
Substitution62
5
PriymaVasyl Priyma
6
R. MuscatRowen Muscat (C)
Goal90+4
7
ChaykovskiyIhor Chaykovskiy
7
L. GrechLeighton Grech
9
BezusRoman Bezus
Goal10
Goal13
Yellow Card85
8
VellaTerence Vella
Goal11
Substitution81
11
MykhalovIllya Mykhalov
10
CiantarMiguel Ciantar
Yellow Card82
14
ShakhovYevhen Shakhov
13
CamilleriYessous Camilleri
Yellow Card79
16
PlastunIgor Plastun
14
C. BorgClyde Borg
Substitution62
18
BogdanovAndriy Bogdanov
Substitution90+2
15
KristensenBjorn Kristensen
20
OliinykIaroslav Oliinyk
Yellow Card89

Substitutes

12
BalzanDaniel Balzan (GK)
23
BerezovskiyIgor Berezovskiy (GK)
2
CassarClevean Cassar
3
TkachukYevhen Tkachuk
9
GrimaDylan Grima
8
KaravayevOleksandr Karavayev
Substitution90+2
11
MicallefLydon Micallef
Substitution81
10
KhomchenovskiyDmytro Khomchenovskiy
17
CaruanaTristan Caruana
Substitution62
Yellow Card65
15
PrychynenkoStanyslav Prychynenko
19
FarrugiaKane Farrugia
Substitution62
17
FedotovVitaliy Fedotov
23
S. PisaniStephen Pisani
19
BudkivskiyPylyp Budkivskiy

Coach

Raymond Farrugia (MLT) Pavlo Yakovenko (UKR)

Referee

Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)

Assistant referees

Grigorios Panou (GRE), Dimitris Tatsis (GRE)

Fourth official

Anastassios Kakos (GRE)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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