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Match Report: Gibraltar 0-6 Scotland

Scotland end a disappointing UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign on a high note with a comfortable victory against Gibraltar in Faro. Goals by Chris Martin, Shaun Maloney, Steven Naismith and a Steven Fletcher hat-trick enough to win them the three points.

The first half started with Scotland dominating possession, making Gibraltar defend deep and waiting for a mistake arise. Gibraltar came into the game in a 3-5-2 formation, a formation which Gibraltar struggled and Scotland capitalised. Alan Hutton did well to get to the byline and cross for Shaun Maloney to hit over. 

Alan Hutton continued to dominate down the right hand side, his pass to Steven Fletcher created the first chance as Jamie Robba made a great save to keep out Maloney’s shot. Gibraltar came fighting back straight after, Lee Casciaro darting run played the ball to Kyle Casciaro on the wing, the striker’s cross found Joseph Chipolina whose shot was blocked and cleared.

Jamie Robba made a terrific save to keep out Shaun Maloney’s header. The result corner was whipped in and met by Gordon Greer who flicked his effort over Jamie Robba and tapped in by Chris Martin. Scotland nearly extended their lead minutes later, Andrew Robertson’s cross found Matt Ritchie whose shot was cleared off the line by Roy Chipolina.

Scotland made it 2-0 just before half-time, some great wing play by Alan Hutton saw his cross somehow find its way to Shaun Maloney at the back post, the maestro controlled the ball and curled it straight into the top corner giving Robba no chance. 

The second half started with Scotland dominating and Gibraltar struggling to get out their own half. Scotland made it 3-0 on the 52nd minute, Alan Hutton drifted past Anthony Bardon and cross was met by Steven Fletcher whose header flew past Robba. Four minutes later Scotland made it 4-0, Steven Fletcher capitalised on a Ryan Casciaro mistake and slotted his shot past Jamie Robba. 

After both teams made a few changes Gibraltar had their best spell, Kyle Casciaro’s run went unchallenged by the Scotland defenders but the striker dragged his shot wide. Shortly after Liam Walker tried his luck from range after skipping past a few Scotland defenders but the midfielder smashed his effort wide.

With five minutes remaining Scotland made it 5-0, Steven Fletcher scored his second hat-trick against Gibraltar with a delightful curled shot past Jamie Robba, on the edge of the area. Jamie Robba made a great save moments later to keep out Johnny Russell’s close range shot. 

In added time Scotland made it 6-0, Steven Fletcher turned provider as Steven Naismith slotted his shot home to add a touch of gloss to the scoreline for Scotland. The game restarted and referee Aleksei Kulbakov blew for full-time. 

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Preview: Gibraltar vs Scotland

Scotland will head into the final game of Euro 2016 qualifying against Gibraltar knowing that their dream of reaching the tournament is over. Gibraltar are still aiming to collect their first point in Group D as they prepare to meet a side trying to finish an ultimately frustrating campaign on a high.


Gibraltar 

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It was a familiar feeling for Gibraltar on Wednesday night as they slipped to yet another emphatic loss in the penultimate fixture of their first qualifying campaign as an official member of FIFA. Much like their previous performances in Group D, there was plenty of determination and stubbornness displayed by a team made up of mainly part-timers, but they were unable to avoid a 4-0 loss to Georgia.

Ten successive defeats were certainly expected for Jeff Wood and his players, but there will be an eagerness to end the campaign on a high when they take on a Scotland side still hurting from their disappointment in midweek.In truth, this campaign has been a learning process for the smallest nation in the competition, and although a positive result may still be far away, Wood will be desperate for his side to be resilient at the back as they look to offer signs that they could be a potential banana skin in the future.


 

Scotland 

Many followers of Gordon Strachan’s side would have booked their tickets for the trip to Gibraltar’s second home in the Algarve full of optimism a while back, but they will travel with a frustrated feeling after being dealt a cruel blow in their bid to reach next summer’s tournament.

6ca3b7f0-2f95-43e5-9d4f-ff533c4e9c93After hitting back with goals from Matt Ritchie and Steven Fletcher against Poland, it looked like Scotland would be in with a shout heading into the final game before Robert Lewandowski struck for the second time at Hampden Park to earn a 2-2 draw for the visitors.

The result left the Tartan Army in fourth place, six points behind both Poland and Republic of Ireland as their hopes of a playoff spot were dashed in stoppage time, but fans and players will look further back for the reason behind their disappointment.

Scotland will be without Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths and his club-mate Charlie Mulgrew. Midfielders James McArthur and James Morrison, of Crystal Palace and West Brom respectively, and Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes also miss out.


 

Gibraltar take on Scotland tomorrow at 20:45 and you can follow the game on our Twitter @FGScoreCentre.

 

 

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27-man Gibraltar squad announced

Gibraltar manager Jeff Wood has announced a preliminary 27-man squad for the last two qualifiers, against Georgia and Scotland.

There are no massive shocks in the squad, with Scunthorpe’s Scott Wiseman having missed the last three weeks of club football as he continues to recover from the injury he suffered while still at Preston. The full back completed 90 minutes of football last night for the first time since early August though, and hopefully is well on the way to a full recovery.

Shaw Lane Aquaforce striker Adam Priestley fails to make the squad once again, after Jeff Wood cited fitness concerns with the former Farsley striker, but there is a return to the national squad for Lincoln striker George Cabrera, a mainstay of the national team in the pre-UEFA days. Cabrera spent practically all of last season injured, and will have to battle to make the final 23-man squad.

The midfield is packed with familiar faces to fans of Gibraltarian football, and barring injury the likes of Liam Walker, Jake Gosling and Anthony Bardon will be guaranteed a place in the final 23. Lincoln midfielder Bardon is carrying a knock, but is expected to return to club football this weekend and should be fit enough for a place in the squad.

The non-inclusion of Wiseman may raise some eyebrows, but with these being the final two games, and the full-back clearly not at full fitness, Wood may have decided to allow another player the chance to show what he can do, especially as the team looks to develop for future matches. With only eight defenders chosen, it could be the case that they all make the final 23-man squad, and at most one players may be dropped when the squad is trimmed before the two games.

As for the goalkeepers, Jordan Perez and Jamie Robba are certainties when picking a national squad. With the third choice goalkeeper often going to a younger keeper, Liam Neale is likely to make most of the upcoming squads, with the Gibraltar United keeper highly thought of by many in local football.

With the Under 19’s away in France on their own qualifying duty next month, some of the youngsters who Wood may have wanted to look at will instead be away gaining valuable experience against the hosts, Netherlands and Liechtenstein.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Jordan Perez, Jamie Robba, Liam Neale

Defenders: Roy Chipolina, Joseph Chipolina, Ryan Casciaro, JC Garcia, Jack Sergeant, Justin Rovegno, Erin Barnett, Jamie Bosio

Midfielders: Liam Walker, Anthony Bardon, Jake Gosling, Aaron Payas, Jeremy Lopez, Jesse Victory, Robert Guilling, Brian Perez, Liam Clarke

Attackers: Lee Casciaro, Kyle Casciaro, JP Duarte, Mikey Yome, Jamie Coombes, George Cabrera, Evan Green


Gibraltar play Georgia in Tbilisi on October 8th, and then face Scotland in Faro on October 11th. Remember to follow us on Facebook and through our two Twitter pages, @footballgib and @fgscorecentre