After suffering a series of heavy defeats, the Malta Under-21 side showed remarkable improvement but was unlucky to leave Ta’ Qali empty-handed in a 1-2 defeat to Sweden in a UEFA Under-21 Championship Group 7 qualifier on Wednesday.
Malta managed to take the lead thanks to a goal by Ryan Scicluna after just ten minutes. The visitors levelled matters through Alexander Milosevic on 29 minutes with John Guidetti notching the winner on the 70th.
The locals pushed hard for the equaliser, being unlucky to hit the posts twice through Jean Paul Farrugia.
Malta plays its final game from the group in September, hosting Turkey.
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MALTA Jurgen Borg, Cain Attard, Christian Grech, Jurgen Pisani (79′ Ryan Micallef), Louis Cutajar, Ryan Scicluna, Daniel Zerafa, Clyde Borg, Ryan Camenzuli, Steve Pisani (67′ Lydon Micallef), Jean Paul Farrugia.
SWEDEN August Stromberg, Mattias Johansson, Alexander Milosevic, Filip Helander, Ludwig Augustinsson, Oscar Lewicki, Andreas Blomqvist (71′ Kristoffer Olsson), Robin Quaison (58′ Simon Kroon), Viktor Claesson, John Guidetti, Mikael Ishak (85′ Christoffer Nyman).
Referee: Enea Jorgji (ALB)