Malta Futsal National Team avoids wooden spoon in Libya

Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 13:28
The Malta National Futsal team in Libya

The Malta National Futsal team in Libya

The Malta National Futsal team led by dutch coach Vic Hermans managed a win in the last game in the 1st edition of the Mediterranean Cup which is being played in Libya. Malta avoided the last placing thanks to a 3-1 win over Palestine. Malta finished therefore in the 15th place out of 16 participating teams.

Palestine looked to shake off their heartbreaking penalty defeat to Cyprus as they took on a Malta side fresh from a goal glut from Syria. It was Palestine who looked the most likely to score as Alneirab Mahmoud had a shot on the left that was saved by Mifsud Matthew. Saliba Xavier was booked for bringing down Alneirab Mahmoud as the referee’s stamped their authority on the game. Huthut Hasan brought out a good save from Mifsud Matthew, and Cutajar John broke from a good spell of pressure from Palestine and brought out a great save from Albattrawi Hussein. It was Malta though who took the lead as Brincat Chriss released a thunderbolt from way out that found it’s way into the back of the net.

A good double save from Mifsud Matthew kept Malta in the game as they started to have a bit more possession. Alhelou Anas hit the post for Palestine and Abugheeth Alaa missed a glorious chance to equalize as he failed to make contact with a driven cross across the box. Alhelou Anas then fired a shot past Mifsud Matthew only to see it cannon back off the post to give Malta possession. Palestine were really piling on the pressure and Alneirab Mahmoud had a shot that Mifsud Matthew stopped, he gathered the second ball as it’s rolling towards the goal.

Malta's Futsal National team registered the first ever full international win

Malta's Futsal National team registered the first ever full international win

Cutajar John had a shot and he should have scored, Alneirab Mahmoud was lying injured in the opponents box when he dired wide of the mark form 6 metres. Huthut Hasan was booked for Palestine for talking back to the referee as Smith David almost scored for Malta. After that Malta started to defend deep and invited Palestine to have several shots on goal. Altalmas Zeyad had a shot deflected just wide, Alhelou Anas fired just wide from the right across goal as players started to slip all over the place. This was great as it really opened the game back up and a Palestinian break forced Magro Robert to hold back his player to receive a yellow card.

Abugheeth Alaa continued the Palestinian attacks as he fired into the side netting and Hajaj Mohammed hit the post. Saliba Xavier had a shot across goal for Malta on a rare attack and Magro Robert cleared a ball off the line from another Palestinian attack. Magro Robert hit the post and Saliba Xavier follow up was cleared as Malta came back into the game. It proved to be the right option as Cutajar John settled Malta’s nerves a goal that takes a deflection as he hits it but ends up in the back of the net. They didn’t celebrate for long though as Alneirab Mahmoud gets a goal back to keep Palestine in the game. Huthut Has’s shot was tipped over bar by Mifsud Matthew as Palestine went all out to get something from the game.

With 5 mins still remainaing both sides went for that next goal, it created end to end Futsal with some fantastic defending from both sides. Scicluna Carlo conceded a free kick 8 metres out for a foul on Huthut Hasan, it was broken up and Malta’s counter attack was stopped by the onrushing Albattrawi Hussein. Huthut Hasan and usef Jalal both hit the side netting when they should have scored. Abugheeth Alaa forced Mifsud Matthew into 2 fantastic saves as Malta deployed the long ball over the top into space as they hung on.

Then with Palestine playing with a fly keeper Scicluna Carlo eased their nerves by scoring twices  from his own box, looping the ball over everyone and into the back of the net. It was Malta’s first ever Futsal win in 27 attempts and the coach and players were ecstatic.

The below are all the results so far from this International Tournament:

 

 

 

First Round

1/11/2010

23rd September Hall
(07) 20:30 Libya – Syria 16-2 (8-0)OMRFR

2/11/2010

23rd September Hall
(01) 11:00 Croatia – Palestine 8-1 (4-1)OMRFR
(03) 14:00 Bosnia and Herzegovina – Malta 8-1 (2-1)OMRFR
(05) 17:00 Slovenia – Albania 5-0 (3-0)OMRFR

African Union Hall
(02) 11:00 Turkey – Lebanon 2-4 (0-2)OMRFR
(04) 14:00 Cyprus – Tunisia 1-7 (0-4)OMRFR
(06) 17:00 France – Algeria
4-0 (3-0)OMRFR
(08) 20:00 Greece – Morocco 1-1 (0-1)OMRFR

3/11/2010

23rd September Hall
(09) 11:00 Croatia – Lebanon 5-1 (2-1)OMRFR
(11) 14:00 Bosnia and Herzegovina – Tunisia 5-6 (1-2)OMRFR
(13) 17:00 Slovenia – Algeria 11-1 (5-0)OMRFR
(15) 20:00 Libya – Morocco 7-4 (3-2)OMRFR

African Union Hall
(10) 11:00 Turkey – Palestine
6-3 (1-1)OMRFR
(12) 14:00 Cyprus – Malta 5-0 (2-0)OMRFR
(14) 17:00 France – Albania 5-2 (1-1)OMRFR
(16) 20:00 Greece – Syria 4-3 (2-2)OMRFR

4/11/2010

Rest Day

5/11/2010

23rd September Hall
(17) 11:00 Turkey – Croatia 2-3 (0-1)OMRFR
(19) 14:00 Cyprus – Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-4 (0-2)OMRFR
(21) 17:30 France – Slovenia 1-3 (1-3)OMRFR
(23) 20:30 Greece – Libya 1-3 (1-3)OMRFR

African Union Hall
(18) 11:00 Lebanon – Palestine
11-1 (6-1)OMRFR
(20) 14:00 Tunisia – Malta 4-1 (1-0)OMRFR
(22) 17:00 Algeria – Albania 6-2 (2-1)OMRFR
(24) 20:30 Morocco – Syria 9-1 (6-0)OMRFR

1st Mediterranean Futsal Cup – Group A – Standing
1. Libya ———————–3-3-0-0-26–7-9
2. Morocco ———————3-1-1-1-14–9-4
3. Greece ———————-3-1-1-1–6–7-4
4. Syria ———————–3-0-0-3–6-29-0

1st Mediterranean Futsal Cup – Group B – Standing
1. Slovenia ——————–3-3-0-0-19–2-9
2. France ———————-3-2-0-1-10–5-6
3. Algeria ———————3-1-0-2–7-17-3
4. Albania ———————3-0-0-3–4-16-0

1st Mediterranean Futsal Cup – Group C – Standing
1. Tunisia ———————3-3-0-0-17–7-9
2. Bosnia and Herzegovina ——3-2-0-1-17–9-6
3. Cyprus ———————-3-1-0-2–8-11-3
4. Malta ———————–3-0-0-3–2-17-0

1st Mediterranean Futsal Cup – Group D – Standing
1. Croatia ———————3-3-0-0-16–4-9
2. Lebanon ———————3-2-0-1-16–8-6
3. Turkey ———————-3-1-0-2-10-10-3
4. Palestine ——————-3-0-0-3–5-25-0

Second Stage

Quarter Finals

6/11/2010

23rd September Hall
(27) 17:00 3rd placed in group A – 4th placed in group D
Greece – Palestine 3-2 (2-0)OMRFR
(28) 20:00 3rd placed in group D – 4th placed in group A
Turkey – Syria
14-9 (8-2)OMRFR

African Union Hall
(25) 17:00 3rd placed in group B – 4th placed in group C
Algeria – Malta
2-1 (2-1)OMRFR
(26) 20:00 3rd placed in group C – 4th placed in group B
Cyprus – Albania
3-4 (3-0)OMRFR

7/11/2010

23rd September Hall
(29) 11:00 Winner group B – Runner-up group C
Slovenia – Bosnia and Herzegovina 6-1 (2-0)OMRFR
(30) 14:00 Winner group C – Runner-up group B
Tunisia – France
1-5 (0-0)OMRFR
(32) 17:00 Winner group D – Runner-up group A
Croatia – Morocco
5-1 (3-1)OMRFR
(31) 20:00 Winner group A – Runner-up group D
Libya – Lebanon
3-2 (2-1)OMRFR

Semifinals

8/11/2010

23rd September Hall
(33) 11:00 Winner match 28 – Winner match 25
Turkey – Algeria 5-4 (4-0)OMRFR
(35) 14:00 Winner match 27 – Winner match 26
Greece – Albania
2-1 (2-1)OMRFR
(37) 17:00 Winner match 32 – Winner match 29
Croatia – Slovenia
7-3 (2-2)OMRFR
(39) 20:30 Winner match 31 – Winner match 30
Libya – France
2-1 (0-1)OMRFR

African Union Hall
(34) 11:00 Loser match 28 – Loser match 25
Syria – Malta
17-6 (8-1)OMRFR
(36) 14:00 Loser match 27 – Loser match 26
Palestine – Cyprus
4-6 a.p. (p.s: 1-3;3-3;1-0)OMRFR
(38) 17:00 Loser match 32 – Loser match 29
Morocco – Bosnia and Herzegovina
5-3 (1-1)OMRFR
(40) 20:00 Loser match 31 – Loser match 30
Lebanon – Tunisia
6-4 a.p. (p.s. 4-2;2-2;2-2)OMRFR

Finals

9/11/2010

23rd September Hall
15th/16th Place Match
(41) 11:00 Loser match 34 – Loser match 36
Malta – Palestine 3-1 (1-0)OMR
13th/14th Place Match
(42) 14:00 Winner match 34 – Winner match 36
Syria – Cyprus
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9th/10th Place Match
(44) 17:00 Winner match 33 – Winner match 35
Turkey – Greece
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11th/12th Place Match
(43) 20:00 Loser match 33 – Loser match 35
Algeria – Albania
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10/11/2010

23rd September Hall
7th/8th Place Match
(45) 11:00 Loser match 38 – Loser match 40
Bosnia & Herzegovina – Tunisia -
5th/6th Place Match
(46) 14:00 Winner match 38 – Winner match 40
Morocco – Lebanon
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3rd/4th Place Match
(47) 17:00 Loser match 37 – Loser match 39
Slovenia – France
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1st/2nd Place Match
(48) 20:00 Winner match 37 – Winner match 39
Croatia – Libya
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22:00 Closing Ceremony (Awards)

Tournament Awards
Topscorer: tbd
Best Goalkeeper: tbd
Best Player: tbd
Fair-Play Award: tbd

1st Mediterranean Futsal Cup Winner: ?

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15. Malta
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