Following the heavy defeat to hosts Croatia, the Malta Women’s Under-17 national team bounced back with a 2-1 win over Luxembourg at the Stadion NK Lučko in Lučko, Croatia on Thursday.
Nyorah Celeste put Malta ahead on the 29th but two minutes later, Maylis Cabral Tavares levelled matters. However three minutes from time, Sara Saliba notched the winner for Malta.
In another match on Thursday, Croatia defeated Azerbaijan 8-0. In the final matches on Sunday, Malta take on Azerbaijan while Luxembourg face hosts Croatia.
LUXEMBOURG Lilli Sophie Schroeder, Zoe Teixeira (69′ Joana Ribeiro Fernandes), Gloria Diederich, Ella Schmit, Lena Alves, Maylis Cabral Tavares, Eva Marinelli (46′ Gwendy Merlevede), Anna Miny (84′ Lana Beffort), Olivia Konsbruck, Charlie Jorge Magalhaes (69′ Jeanne Flammang), Carolina Barbosa De Sousa (69′ Jenny Soares Magalhaes).
MALTA Erika Muscat, Ilona Abela, Francesca Bartolo, Ema Micallef, Lexine Farrugia (90+2′ Nilayza Attard), Amelia Vassallo, Nyorah Celeste (74′ Sara Saliba), Kaysia Micallef, Thea Ida Scicluna, Leanne Frendo (46′ Maia Gauci)(90+6′ Suzanne Farrugia Sacco), Ylenia Azzopardi
Referee: Eirini Pingiou GRE
Assistant referees: Vasilia Tsiklitari GRE, Maja Brozović CRO
Fourth Official: Karla Šegota CRO