Netherlands scored three in the second half to beat Malta 3-0 in the second match from the UEFA Under-19 Championship Group 9 mini-tournament at the Sportni Park in Lednava, Slovenia on Saturday.
The Maltese kept their opponents at bay during the first half but seven minutes into the second half, Shabir Isoufi put the Dutch ahead. This was a cold shower for the Maltese who suffered the second goal three minutes later through Luc Castaignos. Castaignos scored a third goal four minutes from time.
Malta plays the third and final game on Tuesday against hosts Slovenia at the Fazanerija Stadion in Murska Sobota. Slovenia also lost its first two matches, 0-2 to the Netherlands and 0-1 to Slovakia.
NETHERLANDS Hobie Verhulst, Ruben Ligeon, Stefan de Vrij, Bruno Martins Indi, Giliano Wijnaldum (46′ Dico Koppers), O?uzhan Özyakup, Shabir Isoufi (74′ Davy Klaassen), Adam Maher, Luc Castaignos, Marco van Ginkel (46′ Ouasim Bouy), Jody Lukoki.
MALTA Jean Matthias Vella, Dylan Sammut, Keith Fedele, Sacha Borg (66′ Jurgen Pisani), Jean Paul Farrugia, Zach Muscat (50′ James Paris), Bjorn Kristensen, Ansil Briffa, Matthew Tabone, Clyde Borg (89′ Quincy Bregman), Christian Grech.
Referee: Boško Jovaneti? (SRB)
Assistant referees: Sr?an Milutinovi? (SRB), Robert Vukan (SVN)
Fourth official: Bojan Mertik (SVN)