The Malta Under-21 side lost 1-3 to Switzerland Under-20 in a friendly match at the Centenary Stadium on Friday.
The visitors took the lead on the 12th minute thanks to Michel Aebischer and on the hour, Vasilije Janjicic doubled the score. Kyrian Nwoko pulled one back on the 67th thanks to a goal by Kyrian Nwoko, served by captain Jake Grech. However Switzerland regained a two-goal lead on the 81st minute thanks to an own goal as Dunstan Vella deflected a Ruben Vargas effort.
Malta will now fly to Antalya where the team led by Silvio Vella faces Turkey in the UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group 6 match on Tuesday at the Bahçeşehir Okulları Arena in Alanya.
MALTA UNDER-21 Jake Galea (28′ Andreas Vella), Kurt Shaw, Karl Micallef, Dunstan Vella, Kurt Zammit (89′ Neil Tabone), Michele Sansone, Jake Grech (79′ Nikolai Muscat), Juan Corbolan (60′ Conor Borg), Jurgen Degabriele (61′ Andrea Borg 61), Joseph Mbong (74′ Dylan Agius), Kyrian Nwoko.
SWITZERLAND UNDER-20 Philipp Kohn, Michel Aebischer, Remo Arnold (46′ Robin Huser), Jan Bamert, Kwadwo Duah, Vasilije Janjicic, Neftali Manzambi, Charles Pickel, Ruben Vargas, Cedric Zesiger (46′ Timo Righetti), Linus Obexer.
Referee: Clayton Pisani
Assistant Referees: Alan Camilleri, Chris Francalanza
Fourth Official: Trustin Farrugia Cann