Valletta took sole leadership as they defeated Hamrun Spartans 3-0 at the National Stadium on Sunday.
A win which puts Danilo Doncic’s side two points ahead of Balzan with two games to go. Valletta will be facing Floriana and Gzira in the final two matches while Balzan will be meeting Senglea and Hibernians.
Valletta took the lead on the 34th minute thanks to Kyrian Nwoko who received a pass just outside the area and with a low shot managed to beat goalkeeper Jake Galea.
Seven minutes later, Santiago Malano made it 2-0 with a shot from inside the area when served by Piciollo.
The Citizens increased the lead on the 77th minute when a shot by Rowen Muscat was blocked by the goalkeeper who collided with Michael Mifsud with the ball ending in the path of Kyrian Nwoko who hit home from close range.
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VALLETTA Henry Bonello, Steve Borg, Ryan Camilleri, Santiago Malano, Matteo Piciollo (67′ Michael Mifsud), Kyrian Nwoko (81′ Juan Gill Cruz), Jean Borg, Enmy Pena Beltre, Raed Ibrahim Saleh, Rowen Muscat, Miguel Angel Alba (74′ Denni Rocha dos Santos).
Subs not used: Nicky Vella, Russell Fenech, Joseph Zerafa, Nicholas Pulis.
Coach: Danilo Doncic
HAMRUN Jake Galea, Triston Caruana, Thiago Espindola de Paula, Tiago Souza de Silveira, Daniel Zerafa, Cristian Zaccardo (68′ Julian Galea), Arthur Faria Machado (88′ Marco Criaco), Dale Camilleri, Lydon Micallef, Guilherme Felipe de Castro, Alex Nilsson (90′ Russell Vella).
Subs not used: Steve Sultana, Karl Micallef, Agatino Sicali, Luke Sciberras.
Asst. Coach: Ryan Pulis
Referee: Emanuel Grech
Assistant Referees: Mitchell Scerri, Luke Portelli
Additional Assistant Referees: Trustin Farrugia Cann, Glen Tonna
Fourth Official: Roberto Vella
Yellow Cards: D. Zerafa, R. Camilleri, H. Bonello, Machado
BOV Player of the Match: Santiago Malano