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Match Report: Gibraltar 1-9 Czech Republic

The Gibraltar U17’s suffered a crushing 9-1 defeat to Czech Republic this afternoon in their second game of the UEFA U17 Championships. 

Stephen Head’s named an unchanged side from the one that lost against Croatia 4-1, as in that game Gibraltar went behind in the second minute, Martin Graiciar with the goal. Gibraltar came battling back and seconds later Byron Espinosa had an effort on goal saved by Letáček. The Czech’s made it 2-0 in the 4th minute, Sadílek delivered a corner which defender Marian Burda was on hand to score. 

Czech’s made it 3-0 in the 15th minute, captain Richard Sedláček scored direct from a free-kick. Ten minutes later it was 4-0, Martin Graiciar getting his second of the game. Two minutes later it was 5-0, Jaylan Hankins made a great save to keep out Dudl’s shot but was unable to keep out the rebound from Martin Zikl. 

Martin Graiciar got his hat-trick and Czech Republic’s sixth goal on the 30th minute. This was followed by Richie Parral being replaced by Ethan Llambias. The Czech’s made it 7-0 on the 37th minute, Richard Sedláček bagging his brace. Gibraltar did manage to pull one back just before half-time, Ethan Britto’s corner found Julian Valarino who scored.

The second half started with Czech’s made three substitutions straight away, bringing off their strongest players who were so dominant in the first half.  Gibraltar managed to keep out the Czech Republic onslaught until the 74th minute when Filip Kubala made it 8-1. Three minutes later the Czech’s made it     9-1, Michal Sadílek with the goal. 

The game restarted and the referee blew the full-time whistle with the Czech Republic comfortable winners. Gibraltar’s next game is on Saturday 31st October at 15:00. 

 

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Under-17’s start qualifying in Liechtenstein

Gibraltar’s Under-17 national side start their qualifying campaign in Liechtenstein tomorrow, as they face the hosts, Croatia and Czech Republic in Group 7.

Stephen Head’s side, who last year took one point from their three games, will most likely target the game against Liechtenstein as their best chance of getting a point, much like their Under-19 counterparts did with a draw against the same opposition in France earlier this month.

A number of Terrence Jolley’s Under-19 squad are also in this squad, including Byron Espinosa, Andrew Hernandez and Liam Crisp, while four players aged 14 also make the team, including Ethan Britto who already has experience at this level from last years qualifiers.

The team start their campaign with a game against Croatia in Eschen, before travelling to Balzers to play the Czech Republic on Wednesday. A three day rest will then allow the players to recuperate and enjoy their surroundings, before playing the hosts on Saturday in Eschen.