Denni Dos Santos double makes the difference

Saturday, January 8, 2011, 16:11

By Joshua Cacciattolo

Unbeaten Premier League leaders Valletta continue their positive run as on Saturday they managed to beat the reigning Champions Birkirkara 3-1 thanks to an inspirational show by duo Denni Dos Santos and Terence Scerri, with the former also claiming the man of the match award.

Birkirkara’s mentor Paul Zammit opted for a usual and predictable 4-3-3 formation. He made one change as towering defender Patrick Borg was replaced by Serbian Nikola Vukanac who was making his comeback after missing the Stripes’ last five matches. Captain Michael Galea, Emiliano Lattes and youngster Karl Pulo formed the forward line.

Jesmond Zerafa who started with a 4-2-3-1 plan also made two changes from Valletta’s last game. Brazilians Denni Dos Santos and Ramon Dos Santos replaced Ian Zammit and injured Roderick Briffa. Kevin Sammut, Denni Dos Santos and Omonigho Temile all supported striker Scerri.

Both clubs were coming from precious victories against Qormi and Hibernians respectively.

In today’s first match ninth placed Hibernians and sixth placed Marsaxlokk shared four goals in an entertaining 2-2 draw.

First Half

In a dull first half, Referee Chris Lautier had to blow the whistle several times to keep control of the match and also asked both captains to calm their respective team mates.

Second Half

48min: Birkirkara take the lead 1-0. A corner taken by Emiliano Lattes is received by Michael Galea whose counter cross was not held by Andrew Hogg (possibly pushed by Vukanac) and from the loose ball Michael Galea beats the Citizen’s goalkeeper.

49min: Andrew Hogg will miss next week’s top of the table clash against Tarxien Rainbows after collecting his fourth yellow card.

52min: Valletta 1-1. A Denni Dos Santos diagonal shot beats Scottish goalkeeper Michael Fraser to score his 24th goal in Malta and his 6th of the season.

59min: Gilbert Agius header was off target from a perfect Terence Scerri cross.

68min: Valletta make it 2-1. Denni runs the show!!! The Twenty-eight year old executed a perfect lob to beat a helpless Michael Fraser after a Gilbert Agius intelligent pass.

73min: Paul Fenech’s powerful shot was off target.

82min: Michael Galea’s powerful low shot was turned to a corner by Andrew Hogg.

90min: A late strike by Paul Fenech just skimmed the crossbar.

92min: Valletta 3-1. Penalty for the Whites!!!! Terence Scerri makes no mistake from the spot to add to his goal tally, making it 11 goals this season and his 116th in his career, 31 of which with the City shirt.

Full Score: Valletta 3-1 Birkirkara M.Galea 48min (B)  Denni Dos Santos 52min, 68 min, T.Scerri 90min pen (V)

Valletta: A.Hogg, J.Caruana, S.Borg, I.Azzopardi, R.L.D.Santos, J.Pace, G.Agius(I.Zammit 79min), T.Scerri, D.D.Santos(D.Falzon 85min), O.Temile(E.Agius 72min), K.Sammut.

Birkirkara: M.Fraser, T.Paris (A.Decesare 70min), N.Vukanac, R.Muscat, J.Zerafa, K.Pullo (T.Vella), A.Buhagiar, P.Fenech, S.Bajada, M.Galea, E..Lattes.

Referee: Chris Lautier

Yellow Cards: P.Fenech, A.Buhagiar, T.Paris, S.Bajada, J.Zerafa (B) S.Borg, A.Hogg (V)

BOV Player of the Match: Denni Dos Santos (Valletta)

Attendance: 3862

Standings: Valletta 33 (13), Tarxien R. 23 (12), Floriana 21 (13), Birkirka 20 (13), Hamrun S.19 (13), Marsaxlokk 15 (13), Qormi 12 (12), Sliema W. 11 (12), Hiberians 9 (13), Vittoriosa S 7 (12)


  1. Supporter Belti says:

    Prosit Whites. Wirja ta’ chgampions ta’ vera ghax nirbhu
    bil-kapacita` tal-plejers taghna stess u mhux bl-ghajnuna ta’
    timijiet ohra!


  2. mundu says:

    ilbsu sew u titperrcux tal-wied ghax -13 ikun hemm il-ksieh hemm isfel


  3. steve says:

    prosit whites wirja kbira illum urejna karatru wara li konna min taht.denni illhu hawn malta sentejn u nofs ta hu mhux 6 snin andek zball


    SportInMalta Reply:

    Grazzi tal kumment
    …L-artiklu jghid “his 6th of the season”, jigifieri is-sitt gowl ta Dos Santos dan l-istagun u mhux li ilu hawn sitt snin.


  4. louis attard says:

    Kif jghid sandro micallef game over lol !!!!


  5. CLINTON says:

    illum tafu min huma champions RAHALAS ………………………lieni tighla jien…………………


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