EUROPEAN SUCCESS FOR MALTESE SIDES

Maltese sides Valletta and Birkirkara have both secured a place in the second qualifying round of their respected competitions. 

Valletta are through to the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League thanks to the use of the away goal rule whilst Birkirkara have gained a place in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League for the fourth time in their history.

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Birkirkara’s Kurt Zammit against West Ham last season.

The Maltese Champions, Valletta lost 2-1 to B36 Tórshavn but due to Federico Falcone’s strike the aggregate score after 180 minutes was 2-2 meaning that the Maltese side would move onto the second qualifying round.

The next round of qualifying will see the Lily White’s face Red Star Belgrade of Serbia who won the 1990–91 European Cup.

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Valletta have reached the next qualifying round of the Champions League.

The other fixture on Maltese football fan’s lips was that of Birkirkara.

The Maltese side recorded a 3-1 aggregate win against NK Siroki Brijeg which means that the Stripes will face either Estonia’s FC Infonet Tallinn or Scottish side, Hearts in the next round.

Last season Birkirkara faced West Ham in the second round of qualifying, whilst success against NK Siroki Brijeg of Bosnia this season means that this is the second consecutive season the Maltese side have reached the Europa League second qualifying round.

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Birkirkara played West Ham last season.

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