Maltese hope to maintain creditable run

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 17:26

2016 European Qualifiers

Gavin Muscat

Malta will again be in action when they face Croatia at Ta’ Qali National Stadium on Tuesday 13 October, a match which will draw the curtains down on the Group H schedule prior to the play-offs in November and ahead of the finals in France between 10 June and 10 July 2016.

The match will be played three days after Malta’s away clash against Norway, who, like Croatia, are still in contention for a berth in the finals.

Malta will be hoping to conclude their Euro adventure on a creditable note especially after their very narrow 1-0 away defeat against Italy and their 2-2 draw at Ta’ Qali against Azerbaijan, a match which had our team being denied by a late goal in what would have been a much yearned for victory.

Coach Pietro Ghedin knows full well that his players are nearly always up against much stronger opponents and although they suffered slim defeats against two of the strongest teams in Group H, Italy twice and Croatia, he maintains that Malta needs to break a psychological barrier and register victory.

Croatia will be difficult opponents. They are currently third in the table, two points adrift of Norway, after having been docked a point by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Board for their racist behaviour when they drew 1-1 with Italy at home last June. They have also been made to play their next two matches against Azerbajan and Norway behind closed doors. With this ban now served their home supporters will certainly spur the team on for possible qualification at least via the play-offs.

It is a much more mundane scenario for Malta, with the team keen on erasing the 2-0 defeat in September 2014 against their Slav opponents and in the process increase their points’ tally.

If our boys in red can summon the self-belief so evident in their matches against Italy and Azerbaijan early in September, our chances of closing this European chapter on a very satisfactory note will be realistic.As usual, backing from the Maltese public is of paramount importance.

The match is scheduled for 20.45 hrs kick-off.

Previous matches against Croatia:

  • 10.10.98       Malta 1 Croatia 4  EC
  • 21.08.99       Croatia 2 Malta 1 EC
  • 30.03.05       Croatia 2 Malta 0 WC
  • 07.09.05       Malta 1 Croatia 1 WC
  • 17.11.10       Croatia 3 Malta 0 EC
  • 02.09.11       Malta 1 Croatia 3 EC
  • 09.09.14       Croatia 2 Malta 0 EC

(EC)  -   European Championship Qualifier   -   (WC)      -   World Cup Qualification Match

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Ticket prices for this match have been discounted from those originally announced on the launch of the GOAL CARD scheme, last year.

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Important Notes.            

  • The pre-sale of tickets for the MALTA vs CROATIA EURO 2016 Qualification Match will ONLY be available from our Retail Outlets as from Monday 28th September 2015, and will remain open until Sunday 11th October 2015. NO TICKET PRE-SALES will be made on Monday 12th October 2015
  •  For security reasons, tickets for this match WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE ONLINE.
  •  Ticket pre-sales will be carried out from our points of sales for West C Stand and for Millennium D and F Stands. As a security measure being taken FOR THIS MATCH ONLY local fans can buy tickets for the MLT-CRO match as per the normal procedure except for the fact that the person buying such tickets (even in the case of a person buying more than one ticket), will need to present his/her personal I.D. Card or Passport.
  •  ALL Foreigners (Except for Croatian Fans) can only buy personalised tickets and will need to present a means of identification for each and every ticket they wish to buy at any of our retail outlets in order for them to be able to buy a ticket prior to match-day.
  •  Any Croatian Fans considering buying a ticket for this match can only do so from the stadium on Match Day and for the North Stand ONLY, from the allocated Ticket Booth at Centenary A.
  •  However, seating in all other areas of the stadium will be on a free seating basis;
  •  There will also be a limited number of spaces at Millennium Stand E and F for persons confined to a wheelchair. Such persons will be admitted into the stadium Free of Charge (upon prior request and on a first come first served Basis). These persons will however need to be accompanied by another assisting person who needs to be in possession of a match ticket bought at the standard rates; Such requests should be sent to euro2016@mfa.com.mt
  •  EURO GOAL CARD holders  – ALL Goal Card holders will be allowed access into the stadium upon presentation of their personal Goal Card. – Holders of a West C Stand Goal Card will be allowed access to their reserved seat at West C  -  Holders of both a Millennium D Stand Goal Card and/or a South Stand Goal Card will be allowed access to Millennium D Stand.
  •  For more information  -  Tel: 2338 6000  -  e-mail: norman.saliba@mfa.com.mt

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TICKET SALES

Match Tickets will be out for sale from Monday 28th September 2015.

MATCH TICKETS can be bought from the points of sales listed hereunder:

MFA OFFICES  -Ta’ Qali – Millennium Stand

EROS STATIONERS – Paċeville
KSU Office – On Campus

LION KING STATIOINERS – G’Manġia
MATRIX  -  Republic Street, Valletta
MATRIX  -  Main Street, Paola
MATRIX  -  Skyparks, MIA,

TEAMSPORT  – Iklin
STAR TOURIST SERVICES – Buġibba

GFA OFFICES – Xewkija, Gozo

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MATCH DAY SALES

Tickets will also be available for sale at all the Stadium Ticket Booths on Match-Day.

FAN COMPETITION

All ticket buyers will be eligible to participate in a competition with the chance to win one of our great prizes. Ticket buyers will need to make use of the QR Code printed on the match ticket in order to participate in this competition. Terms & Conditions Apply.

MORE INFO

Further information related to stadium opening times and accessibility will be issued later.

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