The Malta Under-17 national team suffered a heavy 6-0 defeat to Austria in the first match from Group 13 of the UEFA Under-17 Championship qualifying round at the Briskeby Stadion in Hamar, Norway on Thursday.
Yusuf Demir put Austria ahead on the 13th minute and five minutes later, Lukas Wallner doubled the score. Benjamin Kanuric made it 3-0 on the 33rd minute and four minutes later, Elias Havel scored the fourth. Late in the game, Austria added antoher two goals thanks to Din Barlov on the 83rd and Lorenzo Coco on the 92nd minute.
Malta plays the second game on Sunday against hosts Norway who defeated Bulgaria 2-1 in another match on Thursday.
AUSTRIA Kilian Scharner, Muhammet Araz, Tunahan Mercan, Lukas Wallner (46′ Leonardo Ivkic), Ervin Omic (60′ Emilian Metu), Yusuf Demir (60′ Philipp Wydra), Elias Havel (71′ Lorenzo Coco), Din Barlov, Sandro Schendl, Benjamin Kanuric, Onurhan Babuscu (71′ Muharem Huskovic).
MALTA Miguel Spiteri, Zean Leonardi, Nikolai Micallef, Isaac Cutajar, Russell Micallef Decesare, Nathan Agius (90+1′ Luca Zammit), Antheos Spiteri (62′ Isaiah Micallef), Andrea Zammit, Brite Anayochi Ihuomah (80′ Zachary Chetcuti), Azriel Borg (46′ Jake Grech), Nathan Sultana (46′ Brooklyn Borg).
Referee: Luis Teixeira (AND)