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Gibraltar put on a solid defensive performance last night at the Victoria Stadium despite falling 3-0 to Montenegro.

With the likes of mainstays such as Tjay De Barr, Dayle Coleing, Jack Sergeant, Aymen Mouelhi and Ethan Jolley all unavailable, Julio Ribas fielded a rather young squad on the night.

With this being said, there was a return on the cards for veteran striker Lee Casciaro who made an appearance off the bench following an injury which had kept him out of the squad since March.

It was far from an ideal start for Ribas and his men as Montenegro winger Adam Marušić, who plays his club football for Serie A outfit Lazio, snuck in behind the Gibraltar defence before dispatching his effort low and into the bottom corner of the net in the sixth minute. 

Despite this Gibraltar responded well to going behind as they looked to keep possession and grow into the game.  

With this being said, Montenegro showed that they were a threat both in possession and on the counter attack, with Marušić almost doubling his lead in the 20th minute were it not for a fine low save down to his right by Kyle Goldwin.

As the half went on Montenegro’s dominance grew as the visitors went in search for a second goal and began to take control of the game.

Gibraltar’s defence however, held fast and proved a tough obstacle for Montenegro to break down.

Unfortunately for the home support, they would see their side go into the break 2-0 down after a penalty was awarded for a foul on Stefan Mugoša which Fatos Bećiraj subsequently converted on the stroke of half-time.

Montenegro seemed to lose their grip in the game in the opening exchanges of the second half as Gibraltar began to find joy in attack, threatening Milan Mijatović’ goal and looking the more likely side to grab the next goal.

Gibraltar were also again proving tough to breakdown in defence, however, in the 68th minute Fatos Bećiraj snuck in round the back post and headed in his second of the game to make it 3-0.

Julio Ribas’ men again responded well following the third goal as they looked to get in behind the Montenegro back line with the returning Casciaro almost pulling one back for the hosts in the final 15 minutes.

Despite this attacking intent, Gibraltar was unable to find the back of the net and the final whistle blew with the score 3-0.

Gibraltar is next in action on Monday night when they take on group leaders Netherlands.