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Gibraltar’s International Women’s Team made history at the Victoria Stadium on Friday night when a solitary goal from Charlyann Pizzarello saw them claim their first ever official victory.

Janssen Olivero’s side started the match well in front of the supporting Gibraltar crowd, with Kayleigh Ferro registering the first chance of the game as her free-kick tested Ackermann in the Liechtenstein goal.

Ackermann would go on to have a busy night at the Victoria Stadium, and on the 15-minute mark she was tested once again as Shania Robba slipped Joelle Gilbert through on goal, with the Liechtenstein goalkeeper standing tall to keep the score 0-0.

 

As the minutes ticked on, Gibraltar would continue to push for the opening goal, with eventual goal-scorer Pizzarello putting in a stand-out performance marauding forward from left-back.

Despite Gibraltar dominating in attack, Liechtenstein showed that they were still dangerous and on the half hour mark the visitors almost took the lead after a long-range looping effort from Stampfli, which looked destined for the back of the net, struck the frame of the Gibraltar goal following a fingertip save from Kyrelle Revagliatte.

Despite almost conceding, Gibraltar’s Women continued to push forward and almost took the lead in the closing minutes of the half through Gilbert, however, a last-ditch tackle from Tschupp ensured the score was 0-0 at the break.

The second half saw Gibraltar continue where they had left off, with Shania Robba immediately calling Ackermann into action as she was slipped through on goal by Tiffany Viagas only to see her low shot palmed away.

 

Gibraltar again looked the more dangerous of the two sides, with Ackermann again being called upon on the hour mark as she dived down to her right to deny a goal-bound header from Gibraltar captain Keshia Doody, before parrying away a near-post drive by Gilbert moments later.

Liechtenstein were being pushed further and further back into their half by Janssen Olivero’s side, and in the 75th minute they found themselves down to 10 players after Batliner was shown a second yellow and then a red card for a mistimed tackle on Reighann Olivero.

Despite having a player less on the pitch, Liechtenstein would go on to have their best chance of the game in the 80th minute as Benneckenstein beat the offside trap to find herself 1-on-1 with Revagliatte.

The Gibraltar keeper, who had been largely untroubled following her fingertip first-half save, rushed off her line and produced a massive save to keep the score 0-0 in the closing minutes.

 

Benneckenstein’s 1-on-1 chance would prove to be Liechtenstein’s last of the game as Gibraltar increased their pressure in the closing minutes.

This pressure would eventually pay off in the 85th minute when Tiffany Viagas was brought down in the box during a corner, which resulted in a penalty being given for Gibraltar.

Having put on a stellar performance all game Pizzarello stepped up to take the spot kick with five minutes to go.

With Gibraltar’s first ever International Women’s victory looming, Ackermann dived low to her left to deny the penalty kick, however, Pizzarello quickly made amends by reacting the fastest and swiftly smashing in the rebound much to the delight of the home crowd.

 

Having looked an attacking threat all game, Gibraltar showed off their defensive prowess in the closing moments as Liechtenstein went in search of the equaliser.

With this being said, Janssen Olivero’s side continued to look a threat on the counter-attack with Pizzarello almost grabbing herself a second goal in injury time after a powerful run saw her sting the palms of Ackermann from the edge of the area.

Despite Liechtenstein’s efforts towards the end, the full-time whistle would eventually blow sparking scenes of celebration and emotion at the Victoria Stadium as history was made.

Gibraltar’s Women’s National Team is in action again on 29/11/21 when they take on Liechtenstein for a second time at 18:00 at the Victoria Stadium.