The Malta Under-19 side lost 1-3 to Hungary in a friendly match at the Gozo Stadium on Wednesday. In another friendly match between the two countries on Monday, they shared the spoils in a goalless draw.
The visitors took the lead on the 10th when Kapacina’s corner was headed in from close range by L. Erdelyi. In the 17th minute the same Kapacina-Erdelyi tandem struck again. Kapacina sent Erdelyi through and the Hungarian number 10 made no mistake in front of C. Dimech, beating him with a well-placed low shot to the left of the goalkeeper.
Five minutes from the end of the first half, D. Holman scored a third goal, hitting home from close range after Malta failed to clear Kapacina’s free-kick.
Malta was awarded a penalty on 77 minutes after A. Azzopardi was brought down inside the area. Mallia calmly slotted the ball low to the right of Dombo to reduce the gap for Malta.
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MALTA C. Dimech, T. Agius, F. Zammit, Z. Muscat, C. Grech, S. Agius, L. Mallia, D. Micallef, J.C. Cachia, I. Scerri, R. Scicluna.
Substitutes: K. Rizzo, M. Desira Buttigieg, S. Arab, A. Azzoipardi, S. Borg, R. Dalli, B. Farrugia, J.P. Calleja.
Coach: Michael Molzahn
HUNGARY D. Dombo, M. Kozma, P. Poor, F. Toth, Z. Tar, G. Nagy, Z. Patvaros, D. Holman, A. Rado, V. Kapacina, L. Erdelyi.
Substitutes: A. Abu, D. Pal, M. Papp, A. Lang, M. Foldes, M. Kroner, I. Matetics.
Coach: Frigyes Tuboly
Referee: Mario Apap
Assistant Referees: Joe Camilleri and Pierre Azzopardi