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Sultana wonder goal fails to halt last gasp equalizer for Belarus

Published: Sun 25 Feb 2024, 21:20
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VISIT MALTA Women's International Friendly
Tony Bezzina Stadium, Paola

Malta 1 Belarus 1

Malta were looking to follow up on their fine win against the Faroe islands of last Thursday with another victory and a good performance against Belarus in the Visit Malta International tournament.

Malta started brightly and should have gone ahead after ten minutes when Alicia Sultana managed to latch onto a loose ball and squared brilliantly to Haley Bugeja who let fly from a penalty spot distance, only to see her effort quite brilliantly saved by Natallia Vaskabovich.

Belarus had a chance of their own on 17 minutes when Hanna Pilipenka broke clear but her effort was a weak one and easily saved by Janice Xuereb. An individual effort by Haley Bugeja ended in another low shot on 35 minutes as both sides struggled to put their stamp on the game.

Malta took the lead on 58 minutes through an amazing goal by Alicia Sultana who collected on the right advanced and spotting the keeper out, the diminutive forward brilliantly lobbed over her and into the net.

Belarus created substantial pressure after that goal but Malta could have increased their advantage through a number of counterattacks.

However, Belarus clinched a last gasp draw to equalize the match in stoppage time through substitute Iana Artishevskaya.

Janice Xuereb, Anne Marie Said, Valentina Rapa (Rebecca Bajada 81), Stephania Farrugia, Rachel Cuschieri, Alishia Sultana (Jade Flask 88), Maria Farrugia, Shona Zammit, Charlene Zammit, Brenda Borg, Haley Bugeja.

Natallia Vaskabovich, Hanna Sas (Anastasiya Maher 84), Valeriya Belaya (Darya Maniukova 65), Hanna Kaziupa, Yuliya Sliasarchyk, Karyna Alkhovik (Iana Artishevaskaya 65), Natassia Shuppo, Melana Strautsava (Anastasiya Kavaliova 65), Aryna Sitnikava, Valerya Bohdan (Kapysha Volha 76), Hanna Pilipenka

Martina Molinara (Italy)

Images copyright Andre Farrugia