Malta ready to face Latvia to­mor­row

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Domenic Aquilina

The Malta Un­der-21 side will to­day be fac­ing Latvia in a UEFA Un­der-21 cham­pi­onship Group 1 qual­i­fy­ing match at the Hiber­ni­ans Sta­dium, kick off time at 18:00 hours. Malta stand bot­tom of Group 1 with 5 points from 8 matches played. On the other hand Latvia stand just a point above Malta hav­ing played the same num­ber of matches. “As al­ways we are pre­pared hun­dred per cent for this match. We have stud­ied our op­po­nents very well and we know we have no easy matches. We could have eas­ily snatched a draw in our last match against Bel­gium but it was not to be. Very in­ter­est­ing to note that the only two sides in our group who have scored twice against lead­ers of the group Bel­gium were Mon­tene­gro and Malta, so this confirms our great per­for­mance against the Bel­gians. We will again be miss­ing Luke Mon­te­bello who again has sus­tained an in­jury but I am sure that our op­po­nents are pre­pared as much as we are so this should au­gur a good match to­mor­row” stated Malta Un­der21 head coach Sil­vio Vella ahead of this match Val­letta mid­fielder Llywelyn Cre­mona also com­mented about Malta’s ex­pec­ta­tions to­mor­row and the pos­si­bil­ity of snatch­ing that elu­sive point that this side has been af­ter in or­der to get into the record books of Mal­tese foot­ball as the first ever Malta na­tional team to get over the 5-point mark qual­i­fy­ing level. “We al­ways take the field look­ing for the three points – no mat­ter what – then if a point ar­rives well it is more than wel­come. But again as our coach has just stated we feel we are very well pre­pared and ready to go for to­mor­row’s match against Latvia” Sil­vio Vella also con­firmed that key Hiber­ni­ans mid­fielder Jo­hann Bezzina is def­i­nitely out from to­mor­row’s match through in­jury and is get­ting the nec­es­sary treat­ment in or­der to get him fit for Tues­day’s match at home against Moldova at the same venue.

From left: Matthew Guil­lau­mier, Cain At­tard, Daniel Zer­afa, Jur­gen De­gabriele, Bran­don Mus­cat and as­sis­tant coach Peter Pul­li­cino training yes­ter­day ahead of the game to­day Photo: Domenic Aquilina

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