Kitoko sees off Malta

Published: Friday 4 September 2009, 2.45CET
Malta 0-1 Belgium
Ritchie Kitoko's goal saw Belgium open their Group 8 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign with a win.
by Domenic Aquilina
from Malta
Kitoko sees off Malta
Belgium U21s celebrate Ritchie Kitoko's (No2) winner in Malta ©Domenic Aquilina

Match statistics

MaltaBelgium

Goals scored0
1
Yellow cards6
 
2
Red cards1
 
0
Goal attempts5
 
11
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners5
 
5
Fouls committed13
 
16

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Published: Friday 4 September 2009, 2.45CET

Kitoko sees off Malta

Malta 0-1 Belgium
Ritchie Kitoko's goal saw Belgium open their Group 8 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign with a win.

A solitary strike from Ritchie Kitoko was enough for Belgium to open their 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign with a win against a Malta side that ended the Group 8 game with ten men.

Deserved lead
Malta looked bereft of ideas for much of the match and could have few complaints at falling behind on 33 minutes. A defensive lapse in the home defence allowed Kitoko to pounce and pave the way for a dominant display from Belgium. Influential captain Tyron Farrugia did help to drag Malta back into the game, but late chances for substitute Benjamin Camilleri fell by the wayside and the visitors held on for all three points.

Baldacchino dismissed
Clifford Gatt Baldacchino was shown a second yellow card and a subsequent red three minutes into added time by which time victory had already been secured for Belgium. The win leaves them second in Group 8, level on points with leaders Slovenia and third-placed Ukraine, who have all played once, while Malta are bottom and without a goal or a point from three defeats against those sides.

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Last updated: 05/09/09 16.25CET

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Lineup

Malta

Malta

Belgium

Belgium

1Henry Bonello (GK)1Simon Mignolet (GK)
3Joseph Zerafa2Ritchie Kitoko
Goal33'
4Steve Borg3Naim Aarab
5Ryan Camilleri4Daan Van Gijseghem
6Tyron Farrugia (C)
Yellow Card75'
5Jeremy Huyghebaert
7John Mintoff
Substitution88'
6Radja Nainggolan
8Mark Scerri
Yellow Card63'
7Joachim Mununga
Substitution85'
9Warren Chircop
Substitution58'
8Vadis Odjidja (C)
Yellow Card79'
11Terence Vella
Substitution90+1'
9Jelle Vossen
Substitution64'
15Clifford Gatt Baldacchino
Yellow Card87'
Red Card90+3'
10Sven Kums
Substitution46'
18George Gribbon
Yellow Card50'
11Mehdi Carcela-González

Substitutes

12Nicholas Vella (GK)12Cyprien Baguette (GK)
2Steve Bonnici13Bart Biemans
10Benjamin Camilleri
Substitution58'
Yellow Card77'
14Brecht Capon
13Rowen Muscat15Romelu Lukaku
Substitution64'
14Timothy Fleri Soler16Bia Mujangi
Substitution46'
16Carl Pulo
Substitution90+1'
17Denis Odoi
17Miguel Ciantar
Substitution88'
18Stijn Wuytens
Substitution85'
Yellow Card90+2'

Coach

Edwin Camilleri (MLT) Jean-François De Sart (BEL)

Referee

Igor Satchi (MDA)

Assistant referees

Vitalli Gorbatov (MDA), Serghei Trofan (MDA)

Fourth official

Veaceslav Banari (MDA)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • Malta

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    Belgium

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