INTRODUCTION: East Germany scrambled to a 2-1 victory over Malta on Saturday (4 April) to come second in its World Soccer Cup qualifying round.
GV Malta in red shirts kick off (2 shots)
GV East Germany attack from left to centre, ball kicked over goal post
GV Malta take corner and No. 6 Emanuele Fabri scores in 11th minute, crowd applaud(2 shots)
GV East Germany attack and No. 3 Hans-Jurgen Dorner is fouled in penalty area, penalty given
GV East Germany take penalty score by No. 4 Rudiger Schnuphase. Referee signals goal (2 shots)(in 21st minute)
GV Malta take free kick, good save by Fast German keeper Hans-Uli Grapenthin (2 shots)
SV Fast Germany attack, No. 6 Reinhard Hafner scores in 44th minute
GV SECOND HALF: Malta take free kick, headed out by East German defence, volleyed back, good save by East German keeper
GV Crowd watches Malta attack, and scrappy defence.
GV East Germany attack and come close to scoring (2 shots)
GV Malta take corner, Fast German keeper punches clear, Malta's No. 8 Emanuele Farrugia volleys over cross bar
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Background: INTRODUCTION: East Germany scrambled to a 2-1 victory over Malta on Saturday (4 April) to come second in its World Soccer Cup qualifying round. The game produced few exciting moments and was barely saved by the three goals it produced.
SYNOPSIS: Malta kicked off, but the first half belonged to the East Germans who were soon pressing for an early lead. After only 10 minutes, Joachim Streich put midfielder Wolfgang Steinbach through, but his shot went well over the bar.
Only a minute later, Malta took a corner. It found the head of Norman Buttigieg who placed it just right for an unstoppable shot by Emanuele Fabri. 1-0 to Malta, but they became careless. A needless foul on Hans-Jurgen Dorner brought the East German equaliser.
Rudiger Schnuphase kicked from the spot, and keeper John Bonello was unlucky when the ball slipped through his fingers.
Malta didn't lose heart. A dangerous free kick looked like becoming Malta's second goal, but Hans-Uli Grapenthin in the East German goal proved his worth.
And a minute before half time Artur Ullrich found Reinhard Hafner unmarked. The East German midfielder made no mistake.
A goal down in the second half, Malta began to dominate the match. With a scrappy defence, the visitors only held on to their lead thanks to some good saves by the keeper.
East Germany only found a chance to strike back, but Joachim Streich lost his battle with Edwin Farrugia.
Malta was unlucky not to equalise. Emanuele Farrugia hit high. The score remained at 2-1 for East Germany.