The Malta Under-19 side lost 0-1 to the Bulgarian Under-17 national team in a friendly match at the Centenary Stadium on Monday.
The visitors scored the only goal during the second half. Brandon Muscat missed a penalty for Malta on 75 minutes.
Malta coach Branko Nisevic used all the players at his disposal.
A second friendly match between the two teams will be played on Wednesday at the Centenary Stadium following a change in venue.
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MALTA: Jurgen Borg, Samir Arab, Francesco Guzman, Godwin Mackay, Ryan Camenzuli, Daniel Zerafa, Nicholas Bradshow, Steve Schembri, Ayrton Micallef, Siraj Arab, Isaac Zammit.
Substitutes: Jean Claude Debattista, Karl Conti, Luke Grech, Zachary Tanti, Shaun Attard, Scott Chircop, Brandon Muscat, Johan Bezzina, Ryan Spiteri, Chris Vella, Dylan Micallef.