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Birkirkara lose to Bosnia’s Sarajevo in Women’s Champions League opener

Birkirkara opened their UEFA Women’s Champions League commitments with a 4-0 defeat at the hands of SFK Sarajevo of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The Stripes, representing Malta as the domestic champions, faced the Bosnian champions in their first match from Group 7 of the first qualifying round of the 2022/2023 edition.

Group 7, composed also of Olimpija Cluj of Romania and Glentoran of Northern Ireland, is played in Romania with the other two teams set to face each other this evening.

The loser of that tie will rub shoulders with Birkirkara in Sunday’s ranking match.

Sarajevo’s goals were scored by Minela Gacanica twice, captain Alisa Spahic and Alma Krajnic.

For this game, coach Jose Borg handed club debuts to Marta Grosso, Gaia Milan and Sofie Iaderosa who joined the Stripes earlier this week.

FORMATIONS:

SFK SARAJEVO:
E. Hasanbegovic, E. Sabanagic (83 A. Kameric), Am. Spahic (90 D. Bratovic), G. Sliskovic, A. Krso, M. Milinkovic, Al. Spahic (71 A. Krajnic), D. Velagic, D. Spasojevic, M. Jelcic, M. Gacanica (83 A. Trisic).
Coach: Samira Huren.

BIRKIRKARA:
J. Xuereb; Y. Bajada, S. Farrugia, C. Zammit, A. Said, M. Grosso, G. Zahra (89 I. Farrugia), T. Teuma (71 K. Parnis), G. Milan, S. Iaderosa (60 M. Fenech), A. Sultana (89 R. Chetham).
Coach: Jose Borg.

Referee: Oxana Cruc (Macedonia FA).

Photo: SFK Sarajevo.

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