The Maltese National Football team managed to win its first-ever World Cup qualifier at home, beating Cyprus with a score of 3-0. This marks the first successful World Cup qualification match since 1971.
The first two goals were secured by Cain Attard in the 43rd and by J. MBong in the 46th minute. The final goal was then scored by Attard in the 54th minute of the match.
The national football team was lined up as follows: H. Bonello, K. Shaw (60 Z. Muscat), R. Camenzuli, S. Borg, J. Mbong (60 S. Dimech), L. Montebello (69 A. Satariano), S. Pisani, P. Mbong (69 J. Grech), E. Pepe, T. Teuma (85 T. Caruana), C. Attard.
Cyprus was lined up as follows: N. Michael, A. Karo, M. Antoniades (63 F. Katelaris), N. Ioannou, C. Soteriou, D. Christofi (60 I. Marios), C. Kyriakou (70 L. Loizou), F. Papoulis (60 N. Panayiotou), P. Psaltis, K. Artymatas, I. Pittas (60 G. Kastanos).
In the meantime, Fabio Maresca served as referee. This also marked the first international match open to fans after an 18-month absence due to implemented covid restrictions.
The day was made even more memorable by the presence of UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, who came to Malta to reveal the new training grounds at Ta’ Qali.
In previous years, Malta had only ever won two other World Cup qualifiers away from home: first against Estonia in 1993, and then against Armenia in 2013.