UEFA Europa League

Malta captain mutes goal celebration after journalist slain

Malta captain Andre Schembri says the car bomb slaying of a Maltese investigative journalist prompted him not to exult after scoring an historic goal.

Schembri's temporary equalizer for Cypriot club Apollon in a 3-1 loss to Italian side Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday made him the first Maltese player to score in proper European competition - excluding qualifying.

But instead of pumping his fist or leaping in joy over the achievement, Schembri hung his head as teammates mobbed him.

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