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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)