De­served win for Gozo against Tarx­ien

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Tarx­ien: Gozo: Ref­eree:

Tarx­ien Gozo 0 2

The Goz­i­tans were the bet­ter out­fit dur­ing the whole game as they dic­tated mat­ters for long stetches. They have now qual­i­fied for the Group of 16.

The first two ac­tions were cre­ated by Gozo. Mario Theuma re­leased Damel Cas­sar in the area and Tarx­ien keeper Jean P Caru­ana foiled him with a timely sor­tie and Karl For­mosa en­tered the area after re­ceiv­ing the ball from a long drop-kick by keeper Kyle At­tard who missed the up­right after en­ter­ing the area.

In Tarx­ien’s first ac­tion Dylan De­bono served Bas­sam Mo­hammed with a through ball in the area but Gozo keeper Kyle At­tard foiled him with a timely sor­tie.

The pres­sure from Gozo re­sumed. Theuma re­leased Cas­sar in the area and after Caru­ana partly saved his shot the ball was cleared away.

From a For­mosa flag kick the ball was cleared on the line from a shot by Theuma. Gian­luca Mus­cat then drib­bled past an op­po­nent out­side the area and Caru­ana had to dive and save to a cor­ner his shot from the dis­tance.

Three min­utes be­fore the break, Gozo opened the score when after a flag kick by Cas­sar, Joseph Xerri scored with a header.

Four min­utes after the restart Gozo dou­bled their lead as Mus­cat served Cas­sar in the area and he scored with a hard grounder. Min­utes later Caru­ana saved a Xerri header from close-range after a cross from the left flank by For­mosa.

Tarx­ien then mounted two ac­tions. Colin Golino was fouled out­side the area and At­tard saved the free kick by Kyle Gen­ovese to a cor­ner. Then, after a flag kick by Joe­lan Frendo, Miguel Man­gion headed just over the bar.

The last ac­tion be­fore the end was cre­ated by Gozo as Xerri drib­bled past an op­po­nent on the left flank and after his cross in the area, Owen Grech missed the up­right by inches.

J.P.Caru­ana, C.Sant, O.Vella, D.Cu­ta­jar, D.Man­gion, C.Golino, K.Gen­ovese, B.Mo­hammed, M.Man­gion, J.Frendo, D.De­bono.

K.At­tard, E.Xiber­ras, M.Theuma, M.But­tigieg, G.Mus­cat, D.Cas­sar, J.Xerri, L.Far­ru­gia, O.Grech, K.For­mosa, M.Camil­leri. Kieran Dun­can

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