A goal in injury time of the first half paved the way for Albania to record a comfortable 3-0 win against lowly Malta in their second game of Group One in the World Cup qualifiers.
Despite showing signs of improvement, the Maltese side failed to hold on to the 0-0 result by the end of the first half, as Bogdani headed in a Dallku’s cross from the right hand side.
Albania pushed from the very first minute to take the lead, therefore this goal came as no surprise, even though it was initially difficult to penetrate the stubborn Maltese defence.
The visitors started venturing more forward in the second half, but Albania were still the more dangerous side. The home side managed to score their second goal of the night in the 84th minute following a defensive blunder which allowed Duro to beat Haber from close range.
Albania added a third goal in the 90th minute when Dallku headed in a Skela corner from the right hand side.
In the end it was a deserved win for Albania, even though the final score might have been too harsh on Malta.
Albania now have four points in the group along with Sweden, one point ahead of Portugal, whereas Malta remain all alone at the bottom with no points to show.
Both teams will be playing again in the World Cup qialifiers next month when they face Hungary and Denmark respectively, away from home.
ALBANIA: Arian Beqaj, Ervin Bulku (54′ Elvin Beqiri), Ansi Agolli, Almend Dallku, Lorik Cana, Debatik Curri, Klodian Duro (85′ Besart Berisha), Jahmir Hyka, Ervin Skela, Altin Lala, Erjon Bogdani (73′ Hamdi Salihi)
MALTA: Justin Haber, Aaron Xuereb, Shaun Bajada, Etienne Barbara (46′ Cleavon Frendo), Luke Dimech, Gilbert Agius (85′ Terence Scerri, Roderick Briffa, Michael Mifsud, Kevin Sammut, Andre Schembri, Jamie Pace