Valletta F.C fought bravely in Luxembourg last night after coming back from a two-goal deficit to earn a well-deserved draw in their Champion’s League qualification match against Dudelange.
Finishing 2-2, Malta’s Premier League Champions fell behind in the 26th minute to an Adel Bettaieb goal, with Dominik Stolz doubling the hosts’ lead just before half-time.
Bringing on Shaun Dimech and Nicholas Pulis during the second half appears to have made all of the difference. However, it was Brazilian forward Douglas Packer who took the iniative on his debut for the club
Scoring a wonder goal on the 64th minute to reduce the deficit by one, he then provided the assist for Jean Borg’s equaliser in the 70th minute inspiring his new club to the draw.
The Lions will take many positives from the performance ahead of the second-leg in Malta on 16th July.
Gzira United didn’t fare as well during their Europa League home qualifier losing 2-0 to Hadjuk Split.
The Croatian team took the lead in the 44th minute after forward Adam Gyurcso scored from the rebound of his saved penalty. The Gzira club fought hard to reduce the deficit and leave the game with a draw. However, Ivan Dulcek doubled the visitors’ lead in the dying minutes of the game.
Gzira will play the away game in Split on 18th July.