Gibraltar continued to push high and put together a string of attacks that should have seen them at the very least draw level as both Tianna Borrell and Kayleigh Ferro went close in the closing minutes of the half.
Despite dominating for much of the first half Gibraltar went into the half time break trailing 2-1 but with all the momentum, however, they didn’t have long to wait until they found their equaliser to the delight of the home support early in the second half.
Having provided Gibraltar’s first goal, Shania Robba turned goalscorer after only three minutes of the second half as she burst through the Belgium defence and coolly slotted past the goalkeeper to equalise before reeling away and celebrating in front of a roaring home crowd.
Gibraltar continued to push on following the equaliser but were unable to breach the Belgium defence which somehow withheld everything Gibraltar threw at them.
Then it was Belgium who took the half by the scruff of the neck and penned Gibraltar back in the latter stages of the second half and kept possession well.
However, Belgium struggled to break down Gibraltar’s rock-like rear-guard and when they did, they had Robba to contend with who seemed determined to not be beaten again.
In fact, Gibraltar’s goalkeeper put on a player of the match performance as she stopped everything in her path, including a brilliant diving penalty save in the final few minutes to keep the scores level.
The capacity crowd cheered every Robba save and every subsequent last-ditch tackle from Gibraltar’s defenders as they put their bodies on the line to ensure their goal was not breached again.
And in the final seconds, Gibraltar almost won the game as a deflected corner found its way over the Belgium keeper and looked to have bounced over the line, however, the referee’s decided that the whole ball had not crossed the goal-line and the whistle was blown for full-time.