All square between Naxxar and Floriana

Naxxar and Floriana played to a 1-1 draw in a match in which both teams would have preferred winning maximum points.

With this result, Naxxar are still without a win this season.

Naxxar went close in the 10th minute when a shot by Gilmar da Silva Ribeiro went just over the crossbar.

Floriana managed to take the lead as early as the 18th minute when off a pass by Amadou Samb, Vito Plut beat goalkeeper Julian Azzopardi with his shot.

In the 34th minute, Naxxar were awarded a penalty when Floriana’s Amadou Samb handled the ball inside the area off a freekick by Gilmar da Silva Ribeiro. From the penalty spot Gilmar da Silva Ribeiro had his shot neutralised by goalkeeper Valerio Senatore.

Naxxar were awarded another penalty in the 59th minute when Emanuel Briffa brought Terence Vella down inside the area. This time, Pape Gueye made no mistake from the penalty spot and made the score 1-1.

Floriana came close to restoring their lead in the 64th minute when Vito Plut’s shot from outside the area hit the woodwork.

In the 69th minute, Naxxar were reduced to 10 men when Angus Buhagiar was sent off after he hit an opponent in the face.

Both teams regret the outcome of the match as Floriana did not profit from having the extra man, while Naxxar will regret missing the penalty in the first half.

NAXXAR LIONS Julian Azzopardi, Andrew Scicluna, Emmanuel Ibok Edet, Terence Vella (90+1′ Ryan Gilmour Cassar), Mattia Del Negro, Pape Gueye, Daren Falzon (70’ Uchenna Emenike Mbachu), Gilmar da Silva Ribeiro, Pablo Doffo (71’ Victor Bellia), Angus Buhagiar, David Alejandro Reano.

Subs not used: Luke Pecorella, Jurgen Debono, Ryan Mercieca, Yaron Sammut.

Coach: Winston Muscat

FLORIANA Valerio Senatore, Andre Scicluna, Douglas Felipe Moreira Cobo, Steve Pisani, Clyde Borg, Vito Plut (89’ Giovanni Galea), Matteo Piciollo, Emanuel Briffa, Amadou Samb (54′ Emerson Marcellina), Brooke Farrugia, Sasha Borg (29’ Neil Spiteri)

Subs not used: Andrew Zammit, Luke Micallef, Joseph Borg, Isaac Galea.

Referee: Mario Apap

Assistant Referees: Mitchell Scerri, Chris Francalanza

Additional Assistant Referees: Clayton Pisani, Adrian Azzopardi

Fourth Official: Trustin Farrugia Cann

Yellow Cards: Andrew Scicluna, Samb, Andre Scicluna, Buhagiar, Del Negro, Briffa, Piciollo

Red Card: 69’ Angus Buhagiar

Scorers: 18’ Vito Plut (F), 60’ Papa Gueye (N)

BOV Player of the Match: Vito Plut

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