Andre Schembri became the first Maltese footballer to score in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night during a match which saw him help secure a momentary draw for his team, Apollon Limassol.
Schembri scored a beautiful goal on an international stage, but seemed to be holding back from celebrating too much. As the Malta vice-captain explained this morning, however, there was a very valid reason behind that.
“Celebrating my goal didn’t feel right after what happened in Malta this week,” Schembri confessed in a Facebook status posted this morning.
The Cypriot football club were trailing 1-0 when Schembri’s header levelled terms. Atalanta went on to win their home match by 3-1, but that one goal by Schembri might prove instrumental when the two teams meet again.
Apollon Limassol will face Atalanta for a second round, this time at home, on the 2nd of November.
As it stands, Apollon Limassol have 2 points in their Group E, trailing in third place behind Olympique Lyonnais and just topping Everton.