Photo right: Screenshot from TVM footage
Malta football coach Ray Farrugia said he is convinced his team would have come draw to Kosovo last night had captain Michael Mifsud not been sent off.
“If we didn’t end up with 10 men, we’d have definitely got the draw because Kosovo were starting to get afraid,” Farrugia told TVM at the end of the game. “From the bottom of my heart, I thank the players for putting on a good show, but certain decisions by the referee didn’t help us today. Unfortunately, we keep suffering from these type of decisions.”
Kosovo, playing home at the Fadil Vokkri Stadium, broke the deadlock on the 30th minute last night when Benjamin Kololli found himself one-on-one with the keeper following a brilliant pass by Lazio’s Valon Berisha. Malta drew level early in the second half with a headed goal from a corner by Andrei Agius, but Kosovo made it 2-1 thanks to a goal by Vedat Muriqi.
A few minutes later, Michael Mifsud was given his marching orders after a tug on a Kosovo player earned him a second yellow card. Kololli then made it 3-1 to Kosovo on the 81st minute, leaving the Balkan nation at the top of the UEFA Nations group with Malta in last place with a solitary point.