A goal in injury time of the first half paved the way for Albania to record a comfortable 3-0 win against lowly Malta in their second game of Group One in the World Cup qualifiers.
Despite showing signs
of improvement, the Maltese side failed to hold on to the 0-0 result by
the end of the first half, as Bogdani headed in a Dallku's cross from
the right hand side.
Albania pushed from the very first minute
to take the lead, therefore this goal came as no surprise, even though
it was initially difficult to penetrate the stubborn Maltese defence.
visitors started venturing more forward in the second half, but Albania
were still the more dangerous side. The home side managed to score
their second goal of the night in the 84th minute following a defensive
blunder which allowed Duro to beat Haber from close range.
Albania added a third goal in the 90th minute when Dallku headed in a Skela corner from the right hand side.
In the end it was a deserved win for Albania, even though the final score might have been too harsh on Malta.
now have four points in the group along with Sweden, one point ahead of
Portugal, whereas Malta remain all alone at the bottom with no points
Both teams will be playing again in the World Cup
qialifiers next month when they face Hungary and Denmark respectively,
away from home.
ALBANIA: Arian Beqaj,
Ervin Bulku (54' Elvin Beqiri), Ansi Agolli, Almend Dallku, Lorik Cana,
Debatik Curri, Klodian Duro (85' Besart Berisha), Jahmir Hyka, Ervin
Skela, Altin Lala, Erjon Bogdani (73' Hamdi Salihi)
Haber, Aaron Xuereb, Shaun Bajada, Etienne Barbara (46' Cleavon
Frendo), Luke Dimech, Gilbert Agius (85' Terence Scerri, Roderick
Briffa, Michael Mifsud, Kevin Sammut, Andre Schembri, Jamie Pace