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If you happen to be staying in Malta this week as a football fan, then you could go to the Ta ‘Qali National Stadium on Tuesday evening. Malta competes in group F of the European Championship qualification against none other than former European and world champion Spain!
Malta of course has nothing to lose against Spain on Tuesday evening. The number 182 of the FIFA world rankings has never been able to qualify for a major tournament and is of course no illusion for qualifying for the 2020 European Championship.
However, national coach Ray Farrugia will have no trouble motivating his team. Apart from defender Zach Muscat (Olhanense, Portugal), all players of The Maltese Knights are still active in the Maltese Premier League. For them it is of course a great experience to be able to compete against class trays such as David de Gea, Sergio Ramos and Sergio Busquets. In terms of self-confidence, things have to go wrong, because last weekend Malta won 2-1 against the Faroe Islands thanks to goals from Kyrian Nwoko and Steve Borg. With this, Malta managed to win a competitive home game for the first time in thirteen years. “We played with our hearts,” said captain Michael Mifsud, who in the past played on behalf of Kaiserslautern in the German Bundesliga. “This group believes in its own abilities.” Defeated last weekend’s victory was the red card for defender Andrei Agius. He is basically the best defender of the southern European island and will therefore be missed against Spain.
Spain is a country under construction. Under national coach Luis Enrique, who took over from Julen Lopetegui after last year’s World Cup, La Roja hopes to be able to once again grow into the world power of yesteryear who managed to win everything that could be won between 2008 and 2012.
The current Spain, however, is still far from that level. Last weekend the Southern Europeans got through the eye and needed a penalty from Sergio Ramos to narrowly beat Norway with 2-1. In the end, of course, the three points count, but Luis Enrique still has a long way to go to win over the doubters. In any case, the elector dares to make daring decisions, because renowned internationals such as Thiago Alcantara, Diego Costa, Isco and Koke had to make room for newcomers such as Iker Munian, Rodri Dani Ceballos, Mario Hermoso and Jaime Mata. Chances are that he will put several new faces to work against relatively weak Malta.
Malta vs Spain head to head matches
11.02.97 WC Spain Malta 4 : 0
17.12.96 WC Malta Spain 0 : 3
22.03.89 WC Spain Malta 4 : 0
21.01.89 WC Malta Spain 0 : 2
20.12.83 EUR Spain Malta 12 : 1