Germany prove too strong for Under-19 side

Following the good performance in the 1-2 defeat to Portugal on Wednesday, Malta lost 0-7 to Germany in the second match from the Under-19 Preparatory Tournament at the Centenary Stadium on Saturday.

The match was originally scheduled to be played at the Gozo Stadium but was transferred to the Centenary Stadium following the torrential rains which hit the Maltese islands.

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The Germans took the lead on the 14th minute thanks to Stefano Marino who hit home off the rebound after an Oliveira Kisilowski header hit the woodwork. Fourteen minutes later, Germany scored the second goal courtesy of Nicolo Tresoldi who headed the ball home off a Mika Baur corner. Just before the end of the first half, Mika Baur made it 3-0 with a direct freekick from the left.

Malta did create some scoring opportunities early in the second half through Lucas Caruana and Kian Leonardi but Germany scored the fourth goal on the 62nd minute with a Nicolo Tresoldi header off a cross from the left. Ten minutes later, Mika Bauer beat Malta goalkeeper Karl Sargent with a low effort following an assist by Oliveira Kisilowski. Germany scored the sixth goal four minutes from time with a shot by substitute Keke Tapp and two minutes in added time, another substitute, Brajan Gruda, made it 7-0.

Meanwhile in another match, Portugal defeated Poland 2-0 thanks to goals by Joao Neves on the 43rd and Miguel Fale on the 55th.

Malta plays the last game on Tuesday against Poland at 12:30 with Portugal facing Germany at 18:00. Both matches will be played at the National Stadium.

Karl Sargent, Mattias Ellul (Deacon Abela 86), Ivin Farrugia (Jake Vassallo 46), Jake Micallef, Matteo Gambin, Andrew Borg, Lucas Scicluna, Lucas Caruana (Jake Grech 76), Brooklyn Borg (Zak Barbara 68), Isaiah Micallef (Kian Leonardi 46), Shaisen Attard.

GERMANY Frank Feller, Lukas Ullrich, Joshua Quarshie, Linus Gechter (Leandro Morgalla 46), Nicolas-Bernd Oliveira Kisilowki, Daniel Bunk, Melkamu Frauendorf (Marius Woerl 68), Niklas Niehoff (Aaron Zehnter 68), Mika Baur, Nicolo Tresoldi (Brajan Gruda 68), Stefano Marino (Keke Topp 77).

Referee: Nenad Minakovic (Serbia)