Goals by Dorianne Theuma (45 mins) and Rachel Cuschieri (83 mins) gave Malta women’s team a 2-0 win over Latvia in the last match of the preliminary qualifiers to finish top of the group on better goal difference from Albania.

Albania also won their last match (2-1 against Luxembourg) to end up on seven points. Same as hosts Malta who both now qualify for the next phase. The draw for the group stage of the UEFA qualifying competition will take place on 16 April 2013, with group matches to be played between 21 September 2013 and 17 September 2014. The decisive play-off fixtures, which will determine the continent’s eight Canada 2015 participants, will take place between 25 October and 27 November 2014.