Sliema Wanderers scored late in the game to hold Floriana in a 2-2 draw at the National Stadium on Sunday.
A result which virtually kills any hope for the Greens in the battle for third place which would mean a place in the UEFA Europa League as they are joint-fifth with Hibernians on 42 points, two behind Birkirkara and six behind third-placed Gzira United.
Floriana took the lead on the 14th minute when Juninho Cabral took advantage of a misunderstanding between goalkeeper Glenn Zammit and a defender as the two collided on the edge of the area and the Brazilian midfielder rounded Bianciardi to place the ball at the back of the net.
The Wanderers equalised on the 32nd minute thanks to Michele Sansone who slotted the ball home from close range when served from the left by Ricardo Correa.
The Greens regained the lead one minute from the end of the first half when following a cross from the right by Steve Pisani, Sebastian Nayar headed the ball down for Mario Fontanella to slot the ball past the Sliema goalkeeper.
However two minutes from time Sliema equalised thanks to Edmond Agius header following a cross by Matias Muchardi from the right.
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SLIEMA Glenn Zammit, Stefano Bianciardi, Matias Muchardi, Frank Temile, Nii Nortey Ashong, Edmond Agius, Michele Sansone, Frenci Qeros (75′ Ryan Spiteri), Ricardo Correa Duarte (75′ Peter Xuereb), John Mintoff, Kurt Shaw (46′ Kilian Amehi).
Subs not used: Timothy Aquilina, Lee Pisani, Gary Muscat, Jonathan Pearson.
Coach: John Buttigieg
FLORIANA Ini Etim Akpan, Sebastian Nayar, Enrico Pepe, Enzo Ruiz, Steve Pisani, Maurizio Vella, Juninho Cabral, Jurgen Pisani, Alex Cini, Mario Fontanella, Emerson Marcelina.
Subs not used: Matthew Grech, Clyde Borg, Jake Stensen, Mattia Zarb, Bradley Sciberras, Denilson Borg Castaldi, Dylan Grima.
Coach: JJ Aquilina. Asst. Coach: Nicolas Chiesa
Referee: Sandro Spiteri
Assistant Referees: Edward Spiteri, Thomas Debono
Fourth Official: Mario Apap
Yellow Cards: Fontanella, S. Pisani, Agius, Amehi