SPORTbible http://www.sportbible.com/assets/images/theme/logo-blk.png 39 minutes ago 0 Shares Gibraltar Make History With Their First Ever Competitive Win Sat Oct 13 2018 22:15:08 GMT+0100 (BST) Sat Oct 13 2018 22:34:52 GMT+0100 (BST) Ryan Sidle Ryan Sidle in Football Powered by A lot of people get bored by international football when it's not a tournament but the people…
A lot of people get bored by international football when it’s not a tournament but the people of Gibraltar certainly won’t be bored tonight after earning their first ever competitive win.
TheNations League hasn’t exactly lighting up the world right now. For those of us in England it’s seen a fairly standard2-1loss to Spain and then Friday night’s bore draw with Croatia.
It’s led us to long for the days of easy victories over Macedonia and SanMarinoin qualification paired with meaningless friendlies against Brazil or Germany when there’s the odd game to be missed inqualification.
Ofcourse qualifiers for the Euros will come from the beginning of next year but the early season international breaks have been pretty dire up to now.
However there is some light in the darkness. Gibraltar, the whipping boys of European international football since they joinedFIFAin 2013, have finally won their first competitive fixture.
At their23rdattempt, taking in the 2016 Euros qualifiers and 2018 World Cup qualifiers, the country have their first competitive win, beating Armenia1-0away from home in the Nations League:
Intheir competitive fixtures before Saturday night ‘Team 54,’ as they’re known, had lost all 22 games, scoring just five goals andconceeding107 times.
Against Armenia they kept a clean sheet for the first time and JosephChipolina’ssecond-halfpenalty gave the team ranked198th in the world their first three points.
Unfortunately for them it still leaves them bottom of the Nations League Pool 4 Group D with Armenia and Lichtenstein also on three points and Macedonia out on their own onnine.
TheBritish owned territory had previously had wins against Malta and Latvia but both those games had been in friendlies, which were likely more meaningful than the ones England usually play.
What an incredible night for Gibraltar, maybe this competition is good for something after all.