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  • Spirited Malta stand tall in little-large clash with Italy

    Spirited Malta stand tall in little-large clash with Italy

    Malta 0Italy 1Pelle 23; When Michael Mifsud was given his marching orders after only 27 minutes, fears of a humiliating defeat engulfed the packed National Stadium last night. Malta were trailing to Graziano Pelle’s debut goal when Mifsud was...

  • Mifsud slams ref’s red card decision

    Mifsud slams ref’s red card decision

    Pietro Ghedin (Malta coach) “I’m proud of my players... they gave their all tonight and deserved the warm applause of the crowd at the end of the match. “Michael Mifsud’s dismissal was a 50/50 challenge. I have my doubts on the red card...

  • Holland slump to first loss to Iceland

    Holland slump to first loss to Iceland

    Holland’s World Cup hangover continues to linger and they remain off the pace in their bid to qualify for Euro 2016 after a 2-0 loss in Iceland, last night. The Scandinavians – boosted by a Gylfi Sigurdsson brace – have nine points from nine in...

  • UEFA encouraged by ‘constructive’ discussions with top clubs – Platini

    UEFA president Michel Platini described a meeting with officials of Europe’s top clubs over the thorny issue of Financial Fair Play (FFP) yesterday as “constructive” and “encouraging”. Platini hosted the meeting in Nyon to discuss the evolution of...

  • Free-scoring Alcacer shows Costa the way for Spain

    Free-scoring Alcacer shows Costa the way for Spain

    While Diego Costa stuttered before getting his first goal for Spain against Luxembourg on Sunday, youngster Paco Alcacer is leading from the front for the new-look team in Euro 2016 qualifying. The 21-year-old Valencia striker scored on his...

  • Tinkoff-Saxo looking to boost audience with triple crown proposal

    Tinkoff-Saxo looking to boost audience with triple crown proposal

    Tinkoff-Saxo’s proposal to pit cycling’s top four grand tour riders against each other in the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and the Vuelta could provide a perfect platform to make the sport more attractive to a wider audience. Last week, team...

  • Garcia chastises FIFA over secrecy

    FIFA’s chief ethics investigator Michael Garcia has criticised the culture of secrecy at the world governing body and called for greater transparency. Garcia, who has been investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, said he...

  • The Apricots lose series

    The Apricots lose series

    Over the weekend, Marsa CC figured in a three-game series against The Apricots who were here on their maiden tour to the islands. The opener was a high-scoring 20-over game during which the visitors batted first and totalled 150 runs. C.

  • South American giants for Asia friendlies

    South American giants for Asia friendlies

    Lionel Messi (centre) distracted during a training session with his Argentina team-mates ahead of today’s friendly match against Hong Kong in Asia. Last weekend, Argentina were beaten 2-0 by old foes Brazil in a tense Superclasico derby in China.

  • George strikes late for the Hotsticks

    Sliema Hotsticks 1Rabat 0 This Challenge Cup match at Corradino took some time to get the early action going before Hotsticks spurned a clear chance when Julian Zahra lifted the ball over the bar from close range. A penalty corner was not availed...

  • Football news

    Marco Simone, the former Milan and Italy striker, has been appointed coach of Switzerland’s FC Lausanne. Simone, who won the Serie A title four times and the Champions Cup twice in the Rossoneri shirt, was already engaged by FC Lausanne as a...

  • Record entry of 123 boats

    Record entry of 123 boats

    A record-breaking 123 yachts from more than 20 countries will cross the starting line of the Rolex Middle Sea Race (RMSR) on Saturday, reflecting the international stature of this popular offshore race organised by the Royal Malta Yacht Club. The...

  • Sporting briefs

    Kramer: Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer has been ruled out of the Euro 2016 qualifier against Ireland in Gelsenkirchen with a stomach virus. Kramer joined a long list of absent players, including Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marco Reus and Mesut...

  • Waterpolo annual magazines

    Sliema ASC and Neptunes WPSC annual magazines have been recently published. The publications, edited by Joe Anastasi and Leonard Zammit respectively, contain comprehensive records of the clubs’ waterpolo matches for all categories as well as...

  • Red Bull boss determined to regain F1 world title

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has warned Mercedes to enjoy their success whilst they can as he is determined to wrest back the Formula One constructors’ trophy next season. After four years of domination in the sport, Red Bull’s reign...

  • Sports round-up

    Horse Racing: Jockey Kirsty Milczarek has been forced to retire on medical advice following a freak accident at Brighton last October. She damaged her neck coming out of the stalls on the John Long-trained Microlight. Milc-zarek, 29, had to...

  • Updated - Italy beat Malta by the slimmest of margins

    Updated - Italy beat Malta by the slimmest of margins

    Updated 10.37 Malta 0 Italy 1 Italy beat Malta by the slimmest of margins in their Euro 2016 qualifier at Ta' Qali this evening. Southampton striker Graziano Pelle scored what proved to be Italy's winner from close range in the 23rd minute. And...

  • England cruising but little to get excited about

    Nine points from three games in a mediocre Euro 2016 qualifying group means fans can begin to dust off their French phrase books as surely not even England can make a drama out of this one. The expanded format for the next finals has removed any...

  • Malta eager to salvage lost pride in Italy clash

    Malta eager to salvage lost pride in Italy clash

    ‘We can, not we hope’. This has been Pietro Ghedin’s maxim for the past four months and his players would do well to embrace his message ahead of tonight’s intimidating en-counter with Italy at the National Stadium. Optimism within the Malta squad...

  • Italy coach Conte expects Malta to close ranks

    Italy coach Conte expects Malta to close ranks

    The Italian reporters covering today’s Euro 2016 Group H qualifier against Malta have been keen to discover what the ‘amateur’ Maltese players do for a living, the wages they get from their clubs and the Italians working in Maltese...