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SAINTFIET SUFFERS WORST POSSIBLE START

Tom Saintfiet couldn’t have the worst possible start as Malta’s national coach after a 3-0 defeat to Estonia in an international friendly at the National Stadium on Sunday.

The opening goal that gave the visitors the lead came after just 58 seconds into the game when the unmarked Rauno Sappinen received a perfect pass and before slotting home dribbled past goalkeeper Henry Bonello.

On 12 minutes the Estonians doubled their lead when they were given a penalty after defender Steve Borg brought down Artur Pikk and from the resultant kick Sergei Moskinov made no mistake and beat goalkeeper Bonello.

Malta had two great opportunities to first pull one back and then level the matters but goalkeeper Marko Meerits on both occassions made his duty, when blocking to a corner Jean Paul Farrugia (31 minutes) and Luke Gambin (42 minutes) shots, to leave Estonia leading with two goals at the end of the first-half.

After the break on 69 minutes the Maltese had another great chance to beat the Estonian goalkeeper, when captain Michael Mifsud crossed to substitute Kyrian Nwoko, who but shot wide.

Late into the match on 90 minutes Estonia punished the Maltese once again when grabbing the third courtesy of substitute Henri Anier.
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