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UEFA Nations League: Gilbraltar shock Armenia to clinch historic first competitive win

Gilbraltar shock Armenia to clinch historic first competitive win

13/10/2018 at 18:08Updated 13/10/2018 at 20:13

Gibraltar created history by winning their first ever competitive match as Armenia suffered a shock 1-0 defeat in the Nations League on Saturday night.

The minnows had lost all of their previous 22 competitive matches - conceding 107 goals and scoring just four - but Joseph Chipolina's penalty five minutes into the second half moved them level on points with Armenia in Group D4.

Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan was unable to find a way through the resolute Gibraltar defence as they kept a clean sheet at the Hanrapetakan Stadium.

Gibraltar, ranked 198th in the world, received full UEFA membership in May 2013 and competed in the European Championship qualifiers for the first time a year later.

Gibraltar pose for a team photo before facing Portugal in a 2018 World Cup qualifier

Gibraltar pose for a team photo before facing Portugal in a 2018 World Cup qualifierGetty Images

Despite being the smallest UEFA member in terms of both area and population, Julio Cesar Ribas' side managed to record only their third victory ever, adding to friendly wins over Malta in June 2014 and at home to Latvia in March this year.

But this was their first competitive triumph, and first away from home as Armenia were unable to find a way past Kyle Goldwin despite 35 shots on goal.

The key moment came five minutes into the second period when referee Fedayi San pointed to the spot after Hrayr Mkoyan fouled Lee Casciaro inside the box.

Chipolina, a former Gibraltar futsal player, made no mistake to net the first goal for his country, sending shockwaves around Europe.

It was not the only embarrassing aspect for the hosts in Yerevan with the Armenian FA issuing an apology for mistaking the Gibraltar national anthem for that of Liechtenstein prior to the match.

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