In front of a packed out Victoria stadium, Denmark continued their free scoring recent form with a 6-0 win over Gibraltar.
Midfielder Robert Skov scored his first ever international goal to put the visitors ahead in the 6thminute heading home a whipped cross from Denmark’s star man Christian Eriksen.
As the first half developed, Gibraltar’s young team grew into the game and began to cause problems for the much fancied Danes. In fact Julio Ribas’ starting XI had only three players over the age of 24!
In the Gibraltar goal, Dayle Coleing was making his international debut. The tall stopper has been in top form for his club side Europa FC and as the half developed he justified the faith shown by his manager in starting him.
Then in the 34thminute arguable came one of the two critical moments in the game for Gibraltar. Right back Jac Sergeant was adjudged to have tugged Miguel Delaney and the referee pointed to the penalty spot to some bafflement from the players and crowd alike. Up stepped Eriksen who drilled the ball inside Coleing’s left hand post to make it 2-0. And that is how it was to stay until half time.
Gibraltar were forced into making two substitutions at the half time interval. Barnett replaced Annesley and Pons replaced Britto.
In the 49thminute, the second critical moment of the match came. It was that man Sergeant again, this time he was adjudged to have brought down Poulsen in the box and instantly the referee pointed to the spot, once again to the bemusement of a packed Victoria Stadium. Up stepped Eriksen once again who drilled the penalty straight down the middle . 3-0 and the game was effectively over as a contest.
Gibraltar’s best chance cam in the 64thminute. Liam Walker curled in a free kick from the right hand side. Joseph Chipolina rose to meet the cross but could only head straight into the grateful hands of Kasper Schmeichel in the Danish goal.
Five minutes later it was 4-0. Delaney finished of a well worked corner in off the underside of the bar. Gytkjaer then added two more goals to make it 6-0 on the night.
Denmark deserved winners, consolidate their position in second place in Group D, but the timing of the two crucial penalties were hard to take for this young Gibraltar side, who now pick themselves up and go again, this Sunday away versus Switzerland.