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Nine-man Hibs edge Balzan to maintain perfect start BALZAN-2, HIBS-3 Hibs overcame the dismissal of two players to edge Balzan 3-2 in an action-packed match that produced no fewer than three red cards. With this victory, Hibs have extended their perfect start to five matches but they have lost two important players, goalkeeper Mario Muscat and Brazilian forward Marcelo Dias, for their clash with Valletta next weekend. Balzan are still seeking their first win of the season. Four goals were scored in an exciting first half that saw Hibs finish with 10 men after goalkeeper Mario Muscat was sent off for a penalty-box foul. Jackson Lima and Marcelo Dias were wide with long-range efforts Hibs dictated the early pace. Balzan threatened to take the lead on 16 minutes. Renato Conceicao supplied an intelligent ball to Elton who avoided the challenge of the on-rushing Mario Muscat but his drive finished over the bar. With Hibs down to 10 men as Rodolfo Soares received medical treatment on the sidelines, Balzan took full advantage as they broke the deadlock. Running on to a diagonal pass from Forace, Elton lofted the ball over the advancing Muscat before running through to head home. Hibs had a great chance opportunity to level matters when‌

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