Sliema Wanderers came from behind to beat Mosta 2-1 at the Centenary Stadium on Sunday to move back in second place in the BOV Premier League.
Mosta suffered a second consecutive defeat and the third defeat in four matches, remaining tenth on seven points.
Following the defeat to Pieta, Mosta had three changes as Dexter Xuereb, Renan Abner de Oliveira and Francesco Mazzavillani replaced Steve Bonnici, Mattia Vicaroni and Falou Ndiaye Samb. The Wanderers, on the other hand, on the other hand made wholesale changes to the team which drew with Hamrun as Kurt Shaw, Nii Nortey Ashong, Michele Sansone, Edmond Agius, Jean Paul Farrugia and Younes Marzouk made way for John Mintoff, Mark Scerri, Ryan Fenech, Frank Temile, Stefan Cassar and Claudio Pani.
Mosta had a perfect start, taking the lead on the 4th minute when Juri Cisotti concluded a good move on the right flank with an assist for Renan Oliveira who tapped the ball home from close range.
Sliema equalised on the 12th minute. Jefferson de Assis served Mark Scerri and with a diagonal shot from the right, the Sliema captain beat goalkeeper Andreas Vella.
The Wanderers went 2-1 ahead in the 69th minute when they were awarded a penalty after Claudio Pani was brought down inside the area and Jefferson de Assis made no mistake from the penalty spot.
Ten minutes from time, Sliema were awarded another penalty after Farrugia handled the ball inside the area but this time Jefferson de Assis hit high.
Frank Temile could have sealed the issue with another goal on the 89th minute but he was unlucky to hit the upright and denied by goalkeeper Andreas Vella twice following a cross from the left by Jefferson de Assis.
MOSTA Andreas Vella, Alessio De Cerchio, Kei Hirose, Renan Abner de Oliveira, Massimo Sammartino, Dexter Xuereb (76′ James Brincat), Tyrone Farrugia, Zachary Brincat (88′ Kurt Zammit), Juri Cistotti, Romeu Pericles Romao (66′ Kyle Frendo), Francesco Mazzavillani.
Subs not used: Craig Abdilla, Aleandro Sultana, Jurgen Grech, Calvin Camilleri.
Coach: Ernico Piccioni
Asst. Coach: Jason Camenzuli
SLIEMA Jake Galead, Mathias Muchardi, John Mintoff (46′ Michele Sansone), Mark Scerri, Jefferson de Assis (90′ Carlos Eduardo Alba Olivares), Ryan Fenech, Frank Temile, Stefan Cassar (75′ Kurt Shaw), Claudio Pani, Goran Adamovic, Stefano Bianciardi.
Subs not used: Timothy Aquilina, Jonathan Pearson, Luke Anthony Borg, Omar Elouni.
Coach: John Buttigieg
Asst. Coach: Ivan Woods
Referee: Thomas Gary Owen (WAL)
Assistant Referees: Ashley Jonathan Davis, Harry George Hendricks (WAL)
Fourth Official: Emanuel Grech
Yellow Cards: Xuereb, Adamovic, De Cerchio, Fenech
BOV Player of the Match: Jefferson de Assis