Valletta registered an emphatic 3-0 win away from home over Sammarinese champions SP Tre Fiori in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round at the Stadio Olimpico in Serravalle on Tuesday to move very close to securing a place in the second qualifying round.
It was Denni Rocha Dos Santos who put Valletta ahead two minutes from the end of the first half.
Five minutes in the second half, Denni was the provider as he sent Alfred Effiong through and the Nigerian striker slotted past Bertozzi.
William Barbosa Da Silva could have added another goal on 65 minutes but hit incredibly wide from close range when served by Denni from the right.
But five minutes later, substitute Gilbert Agius was brought down inside the area by Andreini and from the penalty spot, Agius made no mistake to make it 3-0.
The second leg will be played at the Hibernians Stadium on Wednesday 6th July, kick-off at 19:00. The winner of this two-legged clash will be meeting FK Ekranas of Lithuania in the second qualifying round. The first leg would be held at home on July 12/13 and the second would be held in Lithuania on July 19/20.
TRE FIORI Mauro Bertozzi, Alessio Ballanti, Nicola Canarezza, Giacomo Benedettini, Michael Simoncini, Paolo Tarini (46′ Nicolò Grini), Alessandro Giunta (65′ Federico Amici), Altin Lisi, Matteo Andreini, Fabio Vannoni, Federico Macina (55′ Gerhard Zenunay).
VALLETTA Andrew Hogg, Jonathan Caruana (71′ Kenneth Scicluna), Steve Borg, Ryan Fenech (53′ Gilbert Agius), Edmond Agius, Roderick Briffa, William Barbosa, Jamie Pace, Denni, Dyson Falzon, Alfred Effiong (56′ Ian Zammit).
Referee: Alan Muir (SCO)
Assistant referees: James Bee (SCO), Brian Templeton (SCO)
Fourth official: Brian Colvin (SCO)