Malta conceded another heavy defeat in the EURO Futsal qualifiers after Mark Marlow’s boys were humbled by Latvia 8-0 in a Group E match at the Corradino Pavillion.
Latvia had to score more than three goals during this match to make sure of their progress in the competition.
Their hopes of a positive result yesterday were all but blown away by the Latvians who were already four goals ahead by the 2nd minute.
A hat-trick by Andres Aleksejevs, a brace from Arturs Jerofejevs and Maksims Sens, Andrejs Sustrovs were the goal-getters for Latvia.
Latvia go first in Group E on seven points like England but have a better goal difference., Andorra placed third with three points while Malta remain rooted to the bottom of the group with no points from three matches.
Malta: Matthew Mifsud, Giancarlo Sammut,, Chris Cardona, Dale Camilleri, Jovica Milijic, Nicola Del Re, Melvin Borg, Mark Zammit, Xavier Saliba, Matteo Desira Buttigieg, Nicholas Farrugia,Luke Stivala, Jason Gauci.
Coach: Mark Marlow
Latvia: Algars Bondars , Antons Astrahancevs, Maksims Sens, Igor Avanesovs, Germans Matjusenko, Oskars Ikstens, Jurijis Arhipovs-Prokofjevs, Igors Dacko, Andrejs Sustrovs, Arturs Sustrovs, Arturs Jerofejevs, Sergejs Nagibinis, Artjoms Kolesnikovs, Igor Lapkovskis
Referee 1: Yusif Nurullayev (Azerbaijan)
Referee 2: Josip Barton (Macedonia)
Third Official: Gabor Kovacs (Hungary)
Timekeeper: Robert Darmanin (Malta)