The Malta Under-17 side suffered a heavy 0-7 defeat to Austria in a match from Group 3 of the UEFA Under-17 Championship qualifying round at the NNC Brdo in Kranj, Slovenia on Wednesday.
Matthias Braunöder put Malta ahead on the 16th minute and two minutes later, Yusuf Demir doubled the score Three minutes from the end of the first half, Demir made it 3-0. Austria scored their fourth goal thanks to substitute Bernhard Zimmermann on the 64th minute who also managed to add another goal five minutes later. Two minutes from time, Felix Köchl converted a penalty and on the 90th minute, Deniz Pehlivan made it 7-0.
In another match, Slovenia defeated Bulgaria 1-0. Malta faces Slovenia on Saturday and Bulgaria on Tuesday.
AUSTRIA Nikolas Polster, Felix Kochl, Simon Nelson, Paul-Friedrich Koller (46′ Julian Selmeister), Josef Pross (46′ Bernhard Zimmermann), Matthias Braunoder (65′ Kevin Sostarits), Yusuf Demir (74′ Manuel Polster), Stefan Radulovic, Deniz Pehlivan, Benjamin Bockle, Armand Smrcka (46′ Edin Mujkanovic).
MALTA Dylan Ciappara, Sheldon Mizzi, Ismael Borg (70′ Gianluca Borg), Karl Mohnani, Mattia Veselji (83′ Kurt Briffa), Jordan Kelly, Jake Bone (70′ Victor Emmanuel Degiorgio), Gianluca Sciberras (56′ Emerson Camilleri), Isaac Galea (83′ Kurt Briffa), Owen Spiteri, Jake Engerer.
Referee: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Assistant referees: David Roome (SCO), David Gabrovec (SVN)
Fourth official: Aleksandar Matkovic (SVN)