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Liechtenstein 0-1 Gibraltar: What we learned

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.

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Liechtenstein v Gibraltar: Match Preview

Gibraltar could make it two wins from two in the Nations League, when they take on Liechtenstein in Vaduz this evening.

Photo © William Gracia

Both teams are on three points, courtesy of wins against San Marino, but Liechtenstein’s 2-0 win means they currently are top on goal difference. With both teams gunning for promotion, they know that this match, and the subsequent meeting at Victoria Stadium next month, will be crucial.

The last time the two sides met was in 2018, when Gib won 2-1 courtesy of goals from Joseph Chipolina and George Cabrera. Neither player is in the squad today, but Gib will also be looking to improve on the last match in Liechtenstein, where they lost 2-0 in a decent performance.

Both teams prepared with friendlies earlier this week, but while an experimental Gib side lost 2-0 in Malta, Liechtenstein picked up an impressive 2-1 win away at Luxembourg. However, Gib showed improvement in the second half of their friendly on Wednesday, and will be looking to build upon that.

Team News:

Gibraltar are expected to again be without Dayle Coleing, and the fact that four U21 players, Bradley Banda, Ayoub El Hmidi, Dylan Peacock and Ethan Santos, travelled to join the senior team in Liechtenstein, suggests there may be other injury concerns ahead of the game.

Betting:

Liechtenstein go into this game as 3/5 favourites, with a draw, which Gib have never had under Julio Ribas, 13/5, and a Gib win currently 5/1. A repeat of Liechtenstein’s 2-0 win in Vaduz is 11/2, while Gib to repeat the 2-1 win of October 2018 is currently 20/1. Graeme Torrilla scored the winner vs San Marino, and is 10/1 to score again this evening.

FG’s Predicted XI’s:

Liechtenstein: Buchel; Wolfinger, Kaufmann, Malin, Goppel; Buchel, Sele; Hasler, Frick, Wolfinger; Salanovic

Gibraltar: Goldwin; Sergeant, Wiseman, Mouelhi, Olivero; Annesley; L. Casciaro, Walker, Torrilla, Coombes; De Barr

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Gibraltar squad confirmed for next week’s internationals

Gibraltar Head Coach Julio Ribas has this morning announced a 23-man squad for next week’s friendly at Malta, and Nations League encounter away to Liechtenstein.

Photo (C) C Correa Photography

The main omission from the squad is national captain Roy Chipolina, with the Chronicle reporting that the defender misses out due to injury. From the last squad, Bradley Banda, Ethan Britto, Jean-Carlos Garcia and Anthony Hernandez also miss out.

Banda’s omission, which FG reported yesterday being due to his need to play for the U21s in their internationals, sees a long-awaited return to the national set-up for Jamie Robba – the St Joseph’s stopper has been one of the most in-form keepers in the league in the last couple of seasons.

There are also returns to the national team for the likes of Robba’s Saints teammates, Erin Barnett and Alain Pons, as well as Europa’s Ethan Jolley and Lynx vice-captain Brad Power.

The squad travel to Ta’Qali to take on Malta on Wednesday, in a friendly originally due to happen back in March, before then making the trip to Vaduz for a crunch Nations League tie vs Liechtenstein – both sides won against San Marino in the September Nations League matches, and this will be a key match in the battle for promotion.

The squad is as follows (Photo (C) Gibraltar FA)

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Gibraltar v Liechtenstein: Match Preview

Gibraltar go into Wednesday’s friendly with Liechtenstein with every chance of taking a positive result from the game at the Victoria Stadium.

Jeff Wood will lead his team into action for the first time in Gibraltar since March 2014 when they lost 2-0 to Estonia. This time, the national team go in with more experience after a tough qualifying campaign, but also with several fresh faces looking to claim a long term place in the national team.

Their opponents, Liechtenstein, come into this game looking for a first win since March 2015 when they beat San Marino 1-0 in a friendly. This is the first of a double-header for them as well; Liechtenstein head to Marbella after the game to face the Faroe Islands in a friendly match.

Both teams will fancy their chances of victory tonight, which promises for an open, entertaining affair. The home side will miss the experience and ability of players like Lee Casciaro and Jake Gosling, but will still be confident of fielding a strong eleven capable of overcoming their opposition.

There are no fresh injury concerns reported by either side; Liechtenstein may start with vastly experience goalkeeper Peter Jehle in goal. The former Boavista stopper already has 116 caps to his name, some 100 more than Gibraltar’s most experienced international, Joseph Chipolina. Meanwhile, naturalised Liechtensteiner Marcel Büchel looks to be their greatest threat. The Austrian-born striker plays for Serie A side Empoli, on loan from Italian giants Juventus and should possess the ability to trouble Gibraltar’s backline.

Betting:

Gibraltar go into this game as notable outsiders and you can get as high as 10/3 on the team securing victory with StanJames.com. The travelling side come in at 4/5 to take victory with them and leave the home fans disappointed, while a draw is 11/4.

The betting does however point towards goals though, with Both Teams To Score an 8/11 shot in the betting markets. Gibraltar’s only victory since joining UEFA was a 1-0 victory over Malta; a repeat of that scoreline tonight is 10/1.

If you fancy a more tense affair, then Under 1.5 goals is a very tempting 13/5 and could be good value for money with neither side scoring more than one goal in a game over the last two years.

Full Betting

Football Gibraltar’s Predicted Lineups:

Gibraltar: Robba; JC Garcia, R Chipolina, Casciaro, J Chipolina; Sergeant, Walker, Bardon; K Casciaro, Yome, Cabrera

Liechtenstein: Jehle; Rechsteiner, Kaufmann, Brandle, Burgmeier; Weiser, Martin Büchel, Yildiz, Wolfinger; Kuhne, Marcel Büchel

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Wood: “The fans have been fantastic in their support of the national team”

Ahead of the national team’s upcoming international double-header against Liechtenstein and Latvia, we caught up with national manager Jeff Wood as he gave us his thoughts on player selection, the upcoming games and the importance of support for team. Continue reading

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Gibraltar squad announcement: FG speak to four of the squad

After Gibraltar manager Jeff Wood announced a 31-man squad, Football Gibraltar got in touch with some of the younger players who made the cut for the games against Liechtenstein, San Roque and Latvia.

The likes of Shaun de los Santos, Dean Torrilla, Dayle Coleing and Ethan Jolley will all be hoping to be involved in any of the matches later in the month. All four of them were understandably happy about their respective call ups; Continue reading

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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.

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Match Report: Liechtenstein U19 1-1 Gibraltar U19

Gibraltar finished off their European Under 19 qualifying campaign on a high note with a 1-1 draw against Liechtenstein.

Yannick Frick’s goal was cancelled out by a superb free kick from Lincoln’s Leon Clinton, but despite a host of chances for Terrence Jolley’s side at the end of the game, his side had to settle for the point.

The draw does mean Gibraltar finish bottom of their group, but the point was the first by any Gibraltar team in a UEFA qualifying match.

After two consecutive 9-0 defeats against France and the Netherlands, today’s game was always going to be the one where Gibraltar measured where their U19 side was in their progression, and the signs seem positive in that regard.

The other game in Group 10 saw France and the Netherlands, who both qualified, draw 1-1.