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Malta U-15s beat Romania to confirm top ten spot in European Championships

Malta U15 players celebrate after a win.

To face Germany in ninth-place match

Malta assured themselves of a top-10 finish at this year’s LEN Under-15 European Championships in Podgorica, Montenegro when they beat Romania 11-9 in their latest fixture.

Malta had fallen to the Netherlands in their fight for a place in the Round of 16. However, after beating Poland for a Top-12 spot, Romania – who fell to Turkey in the Last 16 – were Malta’s next challenge.

Andre Aquilina opened the scoring, and it was the same player who equalized in the last 20 seconds of the session after a penalty from Marc-Nicolas Angelescu and another goal from Denis Feke.

Romania took the lead through Feke immediately in the second quarter and they held it to finish 6-5 at the halftime break.

In a low-scoring third quarter, Malta’s Shailon Cutajar Casha and Max Lanzon brought the side back on top with Andrei-Robert Cimpoeru levelled.

The final session was crucial however, as both sides responded to eachother’s attempts, climbing up to 9-9 with 2.40 to go. But a penalty from Jamie Borg Tabone and another strike from Cutajar Casha opened a two-goal cushion with just seconds to go as Malta secured the win.

They now face Germany for a historic ninth place after the latter beat the Netherlands 4-3 in the previous round.

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