The Malta Under-19 side lost 4-0 to Sweden in the first match from Group 10 of the UEFA Under-19 CHampionship qualifying round at the Gradski Stadion FK Zemum in Belgrade, Serbia on Wednesday.
Isac Lidberg put Sweden ahead after just one minute and Thomas Isherwood doubled the score. Substitute Dennis Hadzikadunic made it 3-0 on the 66th and another substitute Viktor Gyokeres added another three minutes from time.
Malta faces hosts Serbia on Friday. In their first match, Serbia defeated Moldova 2-0 on Wednesday.
SWEDEN Marko Johansson, Mattias Andersson (61′ Dennis Hadzikadunic), Felix Beijmo, Anton Kralj, Thomas Isherwood, Mattias Svanberg (72′ Svante Ingelsson), Marwan Baze, Dusan Jajic, Besard Sabovic, Jesper Karlsson (77′ Viktor Gyökeres), Isac Lidberg.
MALTA Timothy Aquilina, Myles Beerman, Aidan Friggieri, Zachary Brincat (79′ Omar Elouni), Jean Borg, Nicholas Pulis, Matthew Guillaumier, Michele Sansone, Gianluca Sultana (75′ Kurt Shaw), Connor Zammit (46′ James Scicluna), Jamie Zerafa.
Referee: Kristo Tohver (EST)