25th March 2018, 20:39
Gibraltar beat Latvia 1-0 on Sunday courtesy of a last-minute goal by the national squad's number 10, Liam Walker. It was only a friendly, there were no points at stake, but it was the long-awaited return of international football to the rock and the goal and ensuing victory gave home fans a reason to celebrate.
Over the past four years, matches have been played in Faro. The Victoria Stadium main stand was full and bouncing as the home side battled to victory in what was Desi Curry’s first game as Interim Head Coach. It was the Gibraltar national squad's second ever win since joining UEFA, following a 1-0 victory over Malta in June 2014 (also an international friendly).
Interestingly, the last Gibraltar match to be played locally was also against Latvia, though the 5-0 defeat was a different story.
In stark contrast, the u21’s were in action on Friday night and suffered a 6-0 defeat at the hands of group leaders Serbia. It was the first of two back-to-back European qualifiers, they’ll be hoping for better against Russia tomorrow, kick off at 8pm. Tickets are just £5.