Malta’s performance against Spain has been praised by football fans on Bay’s social media.
They described Malta’s display as ‘brave’, ‘gallant’ and ‘gutsy’ despite the national side’s 2-0 defeat at Ta’ Qali on Tuesday night.
Alvaro Morata came to Spain’s rescue as the Atletico Madrid star scored a goal in each half to hand his team a hard-fought victory at the National Stadium.
As expected, Spain enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and dominated for long spells but the Maltese players showed resilience to leave the pitch with their heads held high.
Fans on Bay’s Facebook pages praised Malta’s efforts at the hands of the former World Cup and European champions.
One posted: ‘Malta played with guts. This team looks much better from previous campaigns. Keep up the progression and one day we will qualify.’
Another added: ‘I’m impressed, not being funny but for one of the best teams in the world that should have been at least 8-0, well done Malta.’
A third wrote: ‘Losing 2-0 to Spain is not a disgrace. Well done Malta.’
The visitors dominated the match with more than 80 percent of the ball possession.
The Spanish had 24 shots at goal over the 90 minutes compared to Malta’s two.
The National Stadium was sold out as thousands of supporters packed into the ground to watch the European qualifier.
Maltese fans were urged to wear red to show their support for the home side.
Malta have never beaten Spain despite seven matches between the two countries over the years.