In yesterday’s match at the National Stadium, Valletta was held to a goalless draw by Hibernians and now moves two points clear in the second place. Valletta created a lot of chances during the 90th minute but stronger Hibernians managed to keep Valletta away from the goal. The city goalkeeper Henry Bonello made two vital saves in the closing minutes of the game to keep the score 0-0.
Valletta started well in the first 10 minutes, where Raed Saleh’s shot was ruled out for an offside. Hibernians defended their half well during the game using the velocity of their young attacker Jurgen Degabriele who had a very positive game.
Joseph Zerafa created Valletta’s best chance in the second half, by playing in Nwoko in the area in the 5oth minute but the striker fired straight at Hogg.
It proved to be Zerafa’s last meaningful contribution as he was sent off by referee Malcolm Spiteri for a challenge on Jackson Lima five minutes later. Hibs grew in confidence as Jackson Lima teased a wicked shot which Jean Borg cleared temporarily, but as the Valletta defense stood almost hypnotized, Bonello breathed a sigh of relief as the Brazilian’s second attempt finished wide as Valletta held on for a precious point.

 

VALLETTA – H. Bonello, R. Camilleri, K. Nwoko (R. Muscat), J. Cruz Gill, S. Malano, J. Zerafa, R. Saleh, J. Borg, S. Borg, M. Piciollo (M. Mifsud), D. Dos Santos (C. Pani).

HIBERNIANS –  A. Hogg, B. Kristensen (M. Filho), J. Degabriele, D. Vella, R. Soares, M. Dias, C. Failla (M. Kreuzriegler), J. Lima, J. Bezzina, A. Agius, M. Sahanek (J. Dos Santos).

Yellow Cards: J. Zerafa, J. Cruzz Gill, S. Borg, H. Bonello (V), A. Agius, J. Bezzina, M. Dias (H)
Red Card: J. Zerafa (Valletta)

Man of Match: R. Saleh (Valletta) | Referee: M. Spiteri
Article by SPM
Photos by: Stefan De Battista (SPM)