Narrow win for Malta Under-21 over Belarus

The Malta Under-21 side ended their season on a positive note after beating Belarus 1-0 at the Centenary Stadium on Saturday.

Ivan Woods’ side therefore recovered well from the 0-2 defeat to the same opponents on Wednesday. 

For Malta, Dylan Ciappara started in goal while Matthew Ellul, Andrew Borg, Nathan Agius and Aleandro Garzia and Jake Engerer were all named in the starting line-up. 

Photo courtesy of Joe Borg / Malta FA

The match came to life in the final stages as Vladislav Zhuravlev was sent off for Belarus with eight minutes to go and one minute later, Mattia Veselji was brought down inside the area but the Floriana forward’s effort was parried by goalkeeper Artem Karatai. 

However, on the 85th, Malta was awarded another penalty after a foul by Aleksey Dunaev on Andrea Zammit and the latter made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Malta Dylan Ciappara, Mattias Ellul (Owen Spiteri 87), Matthew Ellul (Sven Xerri 72), Jake Micallef, Jake Vassallo, Nicolai Micallef, Andrew Borg, Aleandro Garzia, Jake Engerer (Mattia Veselji 62), Nathan Agius (Gianluca Sciberras 62), Keyon Ewurum (Andrea Zammit 72)

Belarus Artem Karatai, Arseniy Ageev, Aleksey Dunaev, Kiriil Gomanov (Nikita Baranok 46), Vadim Martinkevich, Nikita Krasnov (Rodion Pechura 62), Nikita Burak (Daniil Dushevskiy 62), Aleksandr Guz (Artur Nazarenko 77), Ruslan Myalkovskiy (Pavel Kotlyarov 62), Vladislav Varaksa (Vladislav Zhuravlev 62), Aleksandr Frantsuzov (Trofim Melnichenko 46)

Referee Trustin Farrugia-Cann

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