Hatters midfielder Luke Gambin played 73 minutes as Malta were beaten 3-1 by Slovakia in their World Cup Qualifying Group F at the National Stadium on Sunday night.
The 24-year-old won his seventh cap as Slovakia, including ex-Liverpool defender Martyn Skrtel, went ahead on two minutes through Vladimir Weiss.
Jean Paul Farrugia equalised on 14 minutes, with only Malta’s second goal of the campaign, before Jan Gregus put the visitors back in front on 41 minutes.
Gambin was eventually replaced by Bjorn Kristensen, before Adam Nemec made it 3-1 to Slovakia with six minutes to go, although he was sent off in stoppage time.
Malta next travel to Slovenia in June.
Malta: Andrew Hogg, Sam Magri, Gareth Sciberras, Paul Fenech, Andrè Schembri (Luke Montebello 90), Luke Gambin (Bjorn Kristensen 73), Jean Paul Farrugia, Ryan Camilleri (Clifford Gatt Baldacchino 80), Joseph Zerafa, Zach Muscat, Cain Attard.
Slovakia: Matus Kozacik, Peter Pekarik, Martin Skrtel, Jan Gregus, Vladimir Weiss (Albert Rusnak 87), Adam Nemec, Patrik Hrosovsky, Milan Skriniar, Tomas Hubocan, Juraj Kucka (Michal Duris 73), Robert Mak (Marek Hamsik 50).