Latvia ease past Malta
Defeat for Malta was their second in succession after falling to a 3-1 reverse against Israel in their opening qualifier four days ago.
The first half was a cagey affair with neither side in the mood to give their opponents any time to settle on the ball after the disappointment of the opening matchday.
Latvia always looked the side most likely to break the deadlock, however, and did just that three minutes before the break when skipper Gorkss, who plies his club trade for English outfit QPR, found the target with a towering header.
Latvia doubled their margin of victory with six minutes remaining when Verpakovskis skinned Jonathan Caruana before firing home confidently beyond Andrew Hogg.