Torrilla debut goal wins it for Gibraltar

Graeme Torrilla scored on his debut to secure Gibraltar a 1-0 win over San Marino in their UEFA Nations League opener.

Julio Ribas made five changes to the side which lost 6-1 to Switzerland last November with Jack Sergeant, Erin Barnett, Joseph Chipolina, Mohamed Badr and Tjay De Barr being replaced by Scott Wiseman, Louie Annesley, Anthony Hernandez, Jayce Olivero and Graeme Torrilla, who was handed his senior debut.

Gibraltar started the better side, the introduction of Scott Wiseman saw the Lincoln defender make a few good runs which caused the San Marino defence problems.

35 minutes in and Gibraltar created their first chance, a great passage of play saw Wiseman’s cross headed wide by Ethan Britto. Eight minutes later and Gibraltar found their breakthrough, Liam Walker’s free-kick found the head of Graeme Torrilla who guided the ball past Benedettini.

Gibraltar went into the break with a well deserved 1-0 lead.

San Marino nearly equalised seven minutes into the second half, Filippo Berardi found himself on goal and shot just wide of Coleing’s goal. Gibraltar woke up after that miss and regained control of the game.

Ethan Britto had a good chance to make it 2-0 on the 77th minute but his fiercely struck shot was well saved by Benedettini. Shortly after Gibraltar made all three of their changes with Mohamed Badr, Jack Sergeant and Kian Ronan replacing Lee Casciaro, Graeme Torrilla and Louie Annesley.

Gibraltar saw out the rest of the game with ease and walked away with a 1-0 win.