Na­tional team ar­rives in Baku

Malta Independent - - Sport - Chris Cas­sar

The Malta na­tional team ar­rived in Baku yes­ter­day with a char­tered flight from Pr­ishtina cap­i­tal of Kosovo.

Malta will face Azer­bai­jan on Sun­day in the fourth match of Group 3 League D of the UEFA Na­tions League.

Malta was beaten 3-1 by Kosovo on Thurs­day, with de­fender An­drei Agius scor­ing Malta’s tem­po­rary equaliser at the start of the sec­ond half.

Also on Thurs­day Azer­bai­jan ob­tained an im­por­tant 3-0 vic­tory in Thor­shavn against Faroe Is­lands.

On Sun­day Faroe Is­lands will host group lead­ers Kosovo.

Azer­bai­jan are trail­ing Kosovo by two points in the stand­ings and will be go­ing all out for vic­tory against Malta on Sun­day to keep hop­ing of win­ning the group.

When Malta faced Azer­bai­jan in Oc­to­ber at Ta’ Qali, the match ended in a 11 draw with Malta play­ing a very good match.

The two points dropped at Ta’ Qali could prove to be de­ci­sive for Azer­bai­jan, who now need to win all re­main­ing three matches to win the Group.

On ar­rival in Baku af­ter the trip from Kosovo, the na­tional play­ers who did not play in Pr­ishtina ef­fected a short train­ing spin, the first one in Azer­bai­jan.

To­day the whole squad will ef­fect a train­ing spin at the Baki Olimpiya Sta­dium in Baku, venue of the match on Sun­day which will kick off at 6pm Malta time.

Be­fore this evening’s train­ing ses­sion, na­tional coach Ray Far­ru­gia will ad­dress the press.

Changes are ex­pected to be made by Far­ru­gia for Sun­day’s match.

Cap­tain Michael Mif­sud who was sent off against Kosovo, will be sus­pended for this clash, with Jean Paul Far­ru­gia or Al­fred Ef­fiong ex­pected to fill in his place.

Other changes could be ef­fected in de­fence with Joseph Zer­afa now avail­able af­ter serv­ing his sus­pen­sion against Kosovo, and with other Val­letta de­fender Ryan Camil­leri who might re­cover af­ter miss­ing the Kosovo clash be­cause of an an­kle in­jury.

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