After losing to Floriana last week, leaders Valletta were held in a goalless draw by rivals Birkirkara. Therefore with two matches to go for the end of the season, Valletta lead by just one point over Hibernians with Birkirkara joining Balzan on the 43-point mark, six behind the two joint-leaders.
Next week, Valletta take on Balzan and Hibernians face Birkirkara with the final showdown between Valletta and Hibernians scheduled for Saturday 30.
The Citizens were unlucky not to take the lead on the 15th minute when a Jhonnattann effort, served by Falcone, hit the crossbar.
Then two minute from time, it was the turn of Vito Plut to hit the upright for Birkirkara with a shot from the right when served by Temile.
VALLETTA Henry Bonello, Ian Azzopardi, Ryan Camilleri, Juan Cruz Gill, Roderick Briffa, Federico Falcone (75′ Rafael Rodrigues Ledesma), Llywelyn Cremona (84′ Jean Borg), Claudio Pani, Uchenna Calistus Umeh, Jhonnattann Benites da Conceicao, Abdelkarim Nafti (62′ Michael Mifsud).
Subs not used: Nicky Vella, Daniel Camilleri, Jurgen Suda, Nicholas Pulis.
Coach: Paul Zammit
B’KARA Miroslav Kopric, Christian Bubalovic, Mauricio Matias Latini Mazzetti, Cain Attard, Mislav Andelkovic, Joseph Zerafa, Gareth Sciberras, Ryan Scicluna (69′ Edmond Agius), Frank Temile, Goran Mujanovic (76′ Ryan Camenzuli), Vito Plut.
Subs not used: Ini Etim Akpan, Kurt Zammit, Matthew Guillaumier, Ryan Darmanin, Andrea Curmi.
Coach: Drazen Besek
Referee: Alan Mario Sant
Assistant Referees: Roberto Vella, Peter Abela
Additional Assistant Referees: Esther Azzopardi, Malcolm Spiteri
Fourth Official: Duncan Sultana
Yellow Cards: Cruz, Attard, Mazzetti, Zerafa, Mifsud, Umeh
BOV Player of the Match: Mauricio Mazzetti