The Malta Under-21 national team lost 1-3 to Lithuania in another match from Group C of the UEFA Under-21 Championship qualifiers at the Centenary Stadium on Tuesday.
A match from which something more was expected from the locals, considering that the only three points Lithuania had obtained in the group before were the ones in the 2-1 win over Malta in October. This win now puts Lithuania on level points with Malta and Northern Ireland.
Following a goalless first half during which Malta went close with attempts by Mbong and Attard, the visitors took the lead on the 64th minute courtesy of an own goal by Christian Gauci off a cross by Gvidas Gineitis.
Substitute Joseph Zammit levelled matters on the 79th minute, beating the Lithuanian goalkeeper in style following an assist by Andreas Vella.
However Lithuania were quick to regain the lead two minutes later through substitute Deividas Dovydaitis whose low shot beat goalkeeper Cain Formosa.
Another substitute Faustas Steponavicius sealed the issue with a third goal three minutes in added time placing the ball at the back off the net when served by Dovydaitis.
Photo courtesy of Malta FA
MALTA Cain Formosa, Andreas Vella, Christian Gauci, Marcus Grima, Ayrton Attard (81′ Jean Paul Attard), Paul Mbong, Andrea Zammit (81′ Jed Valletta), Alejandro Garzia, Carlo Zammit Lonardelli, Matthew Ellul, Jake Engerer (74′ Joseph Zammit).
LITHUANIA Gustas Baliutavicius, Artemijus Tutyskinas, Vilius Armalas, Artur Dolznikov (69′ Devidas Dovydaitis), Emilis Gasiunas, Motiejus Burba (83′ Kritupas Kersys), Nauris Petkevicius (83′ Faustas Steponavicius), Tomas Kalinauskas (76′ Benas Anisas), Gustas Zabita, Gvitas Gineitis, Dovydas Jansonas.
Referee: Thorvaldur Árnason (ISL)
Assistant referees: Johann Gudmundsson, Andri Vigfusson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Johann Ingi Jonsson (ISL)