Malta lost 0-1 to Latvia in the first match from the Aphrodite Cup in Cyprus on Saturday.
A goal by Olga Sevcova after just eight minutes proved enough for the Latvians. The Maltese could have equalised late in the game when they were awarded a penalty but Rachel Cuschieri’s effort was blocked by the Latvian goalkeeper.
Malta will now face hosts Cyprus in the second game on Monday.
MALTA: Janice Xuereb, Ann-Marie Said, Kim Parnis, Stephania Farrugia, Dorianne Theuma (57′ Martina Borg), Ylenia Carabott (70′ Kelly Agius Pace), Rachel Cuschieri, Shona Zammit (46′ Gabriella Zahra), Jade Flask, Charlene Zammit, Brenda Borg (46′ Alishia Sultana).