Sweden beat Malta 2-1 in Valletta on Sunday (November 11) in a World Cup Soccer qualifying match which was interrupted by some stone throwing.
Sweden beat Malta 2-1 in Valletta on Sunday (November 11) in a World Cup Soccer qualifying match which was interrupted by some stone throwing. The Maltese goal - their only one in six qualifying matches - has forced the Swedes to play a deciding match against Austria for a place in the World Cup finals in Munch, West Germany, next year.
Malta, playing from left to right, scored first in the twentieth minute when Camilleri lobed the ball over the goalkeeper. but only minutes later Ove Kindvall equalized for Sweden after a corner. The winning goal came when Larsson scored from a penalty after he had been pushed in the penalty area. When a Maltese shot was saved right on the line, some of the 30,000 crowd threw stones on to the pitch and the players jostled the referee. The match was held up for eight minutes while football officials conferred with the referee, Mr. Katsoras from Greece.
Although the Swedes piled on the pressure in the second half, they could not get a third goal. Thus they are tied on points and goal average with Austria in European Group One qualifying round of the World Cup. The two teams will play a decider in West Germany.
SYNOPSIS: Malta, playing from left to right,started well in their World Cup soccer qualifying match with Sweden in Valletta on Sunday.
In the twentieth minute Camilleri ran through the middle and lobbed the ball over the advancing goalkeeper. This was Malta's first goal in six world cup qualifying matches in European Group One.
The delight of the thirty thousand crowd was short-lived. From a corner on the right, the ball was headed down to Ove Kindvall and he put it into the net for the equalizer.
The Swedish contingent in the crowd urged on their team, who needed a decisive win to take them through to the World Cup Finals in West Germany net year. Although the Maltese have no chance of qualifying, for once their attack was more in action than their shell-shocked defence.
But in the thirty sixth minute Bo Larsson was fouled as a free-kick came over to him from the left. Despite protests from the Maltese, the Greek referee. Mr. Katsoras, awarded a penalty.
Larsson scored from the penalty spot himself. Although the Swedes were now ahead, they were still only equal on points and goal tally with Austria - their main rivals in their qualifying group for a place in the World Cup Finals.
When the referee judged that a Maltese shot had not crossed the line, some of the thirty thousand crowd ran on to the pitch and threw stones. Play was held up for eight minutes.
The Swedes could not get another goal and despite their win, will have to play decider with Austria.