Bojan Kaljevic scored twice as Balzan defeated ten-man Gzira United 2-1 at the Victor Tedesco Stadium to condemn the Maroons to their first defeat.
A win which puts Balzan in third place, four points behind the leaders. This was the third win in four matches for Marco Micovic’s side and the sixth consecutive positive result.
Balzan forged ahead six minutes in the second half thanks to Bojan Kaljevic who slotted the ball past Anthony Curmi following an assist from the right by Alfred Effiong.
However two minutes later, Gzira equalised when off a cross by Roderick Briffa, Emmanuel Okoye headed home past goalkeeper Janjusevic.
Fifteen minutes from time, the Maroons were reduced to ten men after Souleymane Diamoutene picked a second yellow card for a foul just outside the area.
One minute in added time, Balzan notched the winner when they were awarded a penalty after a defender handled the ball inside the area and Bojan Kaljevic converted from the penalty spot.
GZIRA Anthony Curmi, Gary Muir, Clifford Gatt Baldacchino, Souleymane Diamoutene, Sacha Borg (46′ Karl Pulo), Moises Avila Perez, Roderick Briffa, Andrew Cohen, Juan Carlos Corbalan (70′ Zack Scerri), Ndubisi Emmanuel Okoye, Amadou Samb.
Subs not used: Justin Haber, Andre White, Sem Kemana Ogolong, Nikolai Muscat, Samuel Timmy Ogundare.
Coach: Darren Abdilla
BALZAN Ivan Janjusevic, Steve Bezzina, Elkin Orlando Serrano Valero, Alex da Paixao Alves (36′ Alfred Effiong), Uros Ljubomirac, Ryan Fenech (85′ Jamie Zerafa), Bojan Kaljevic, Bruno Giglio de Oliveira, Paul Fenech, Carlos Eduardo de Fiori Mendes, Samir Arab (90+2′ Justin Grioli).
Subs not used: Sean Mintoff, Clive Brincat, Michael Johnson, Jacob Borg.
Coach: Marko Micovic
Referee: Philip Farrugia
Assistant Referees: Jurgen Spiteri, Paul Apap
Fourth Official: Etienne Mangion
Yellow Cards: P. Fenech, Diamoutene, Gatt Baldacchino, Briffa, PUlo
Red Cards: 75′ Soulemane Diamoutene
BOV Player of the Match: Cadu
Attendance at the Victor Tedesco Stadium: 585