Tjay De Barr’s goal in the 10th minute secured Gibraltar a 1-0 win away to Liechtenstein yesterday – here’s what we learned from the result in the Nations League.
Tjay is something special
Considering this was his first start in any game since suffering a serious knee injury vs Switzerland back in November 2019, Tjay De Barr was still the star of the game for the 72 minutes he played.
Liechtenstein could not handle the striker (and he had a blatant penalty not given in his favour), and the strength he showed to turn his defender and score the winner showed the quality he has. The injury suffered last year appears to be a hurdle that De Barr is more than capable of getting over.
A major comeback indeed, Graeme Torrilla
“Big setback > Major comeback” tweeted Graeme on the 19/07/2019 after having ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair. Fast forward one year and three months, Graeme’s hit the ground running and played every game as if it was his last.
His defensive work rate yesterday was second to none and can hopefully continue on this path to help secure promotion for Gibraltar in the Nations League.
We have missed Scott Wiseman
Scott has been instrumental domestically and internationally. After a long absence from the international scene, Scott walked straight into the Gibraltar side which beat San Marino then changed position in their win yesterday.
His qualities which have helped him play professionally for so many years is clear to see on the pitch and it’s rubbing off on his team-mates.
The best 90 minutes I have seen from Gibraltar
It’s all in the title. The first half display was the best ever seen in a Gibraltar shirt, we think anyways. The defensive discipline shown in the second half while our back was against the wall shows how much we’ve grown over the years.
Onwards and upwards from here with an away trip to San Marino and a home tie with Liechtenstein to come.
Can we dream of promotion?
There are many critics of international football, but it is safe to say that Gibraltar will be big fans of it – especially the Nations League. This years edition changed the set-up of League D, and with two wins from two, promotion has to be a realistic possibility.
November is now looking like an absolutely massive month, and Gibraltar need to replicate the performances of their first two games – if they do then Gibraltar will get to celebrate an historic moment in football locally. A clear sign that big progress has been made in the last few years.