A stoppage time goal from Gakou robbed a fiery Gzira side of a prestigious win in yesterday’s UEFA Conference League game at Ta’ Qali.
Gzira was heading for this victory after a fine comeback at the start of the second half. A return that had canceled Radnicki’s lead in the first half.
The result leaves Darren Abdilla’s side in contention for another European qualifier.
The first half was fairly balanced with Radnicki breaking the deadlock with a superb goal from Stulic.
Then in the second half, Gzira bounced back with Maxuell scoring two quick goals to move past. From then on, the Maroons attempted to hold on to their previous lead, only to be denied in the dying minutes of the game.
The first half was balanced with very few chances to score in the first 30 minutes of the match.
Gzira held firm even though Radnicki seemed like the better team from the start.
However Gzira had a fine try from Correia in the 23rd minute with the ball sailing over the bar.
Four minutes later, Radnicki took the lead when Nikola Stulic timed a cross from the right beautifully.
In the 33rd minute, Petrov made a great run down the left but his shot hit the side netting.
On the Gizra recovery
United made a remarkable comeback, scoring two quick goals in the space of five minutes.
In the 56th minute, Maxuell maia pounced on an incredible blunder from Radnicki’s goalkeeper to put the ball in the back of the net.
Five minutes later, the same Maxuell Maia was quick to anticipate Mladovic who had no choice but to defeat the Brazilian striker.
From the penalty spot, the same Maia sent Drobnjak the wrong way to put the Maroons in front.
From then on, Gzira attempted to control the match with Radnicki forcing for the equaliser. Then in the 92nd minute, Radnicki equalized thanks to an effort from Gakou.
Gzira U: D. Zarkov, R. Correa, M. Cosic, M. Dias, J. De Assis, M. Maia, G. Bohrer, N. Muscat, L. Riascos, Z. Scerri, L. Tabone.
Radnicki: M. Drobnjak, N. Aksentijevic, L. Arsic, L. Jovanovic, S. Marjanovic, B. Mladovic, A. Pejovic, S. Petrov, M. Savic, N. Stulic, A. Tolordava.
Referee: F. Karako (Hungary)
Photo: Christine Borg