Luxol St Andrews clinched their first win in the UEFA Futsal Champions League Main Round when they edged Swedish side Hammarby 3-2 at the University Sports Hall on Thursday.
This was the Maltese side’s first victory in Main Round of UEFA’s elite competition and surely will be a huge confidence booster ahead of their final match in this round against Polish side Record Bielsko-Biala on Friday.
The Malta champions came into the match on the back of a disappointing 6-2 defeat to Haladas, of Hungary, on Wednesday.
Things look dim for Luxol when they found themselves behind when Ignatius Malki put the Swedish side ahead after three minutes of play.
But the Maltese side managed to restore parity through Almendra Cifuentes on 22 minutes and 24 seconds.
Diaz restored Hammarby’s lead on 23 minutes and three seconds but the Maltese side kept fighting and Hebberth Bolt made it 2-2 on 29:51 minutes.
When it looked as though the match would finish in a draw, Luxol grabbed the winner on 38:19 minutes when Jean Costa rammed the ball home to the delight of the Maltese club’s officials.
With this win, Luxol have now joined Rekord Bielsko-Biala on the three-point mark and Friday’s clash between the two sides will decide which team will finish behind leaders Haladas in the group.