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Shania Robba made Gibraltarian history as she scored Gibraltar’s only goal in a 4-1 UEFA debut loss away at a stormy Liechtenstein.

Janssen Olivero’s side had the worst possible start to their debut UEFA fixture as they found themselves behind in the opening minutes 5 minutes through a Goppel effort that gave Revagliatte no chance in the Gibraltar net.

Gibraltar’s Women reacted well to going behind, keeping possession well and attacking in numbers as they went in search of the equaliser.

In addition to their emphasis on attack, Gibraltar’s defence was holding strong despite the 1-0 score-line and it was almost level midway through the first half as Joelle Gilbert tested Huber in the Liechtenstein net.

 

Despite seeming like the side in control, Gibraltar would unfortunately find themselves 2-0 down in the 30thminute after Liechtenstein captain Viktoria Gerner connected with Batliner’s cross and directed the ball into the bottom corner of Revagliatte’s net.

Revagliatte can count herself somewhat unfortunate in the Gibraltar goal after she saved the Liechtenstein captain’s initial effort but was unable to do anything about the goal.

Gibraltar again responded well to conceding as they again pushed Liechtenstein high. Up the pitch and went in search of the goal that would get the back into the tie.

As was the case when they played with Gibraltar’s National Women’s Futsal team, both Shania Robba and Tiffany Viagas were looking very dangerous going forward, and on separate occasions nearly got themselves on the scoresheet.

 

First Viagas went close as she released a shot from distance that required a diving intervention from Huber, before Robba latched onto a loose ball moments later and looped the ball over the keeper only to see her effort drift just wide of the post.

Gibraltar went into the half-time break 2-0 down and despite the score-line looked like the team on the front-foot, with Liechtenstein’s goals coming in the form of counterattacks.

Although 2-0 down, Gibraltar did have a host of standout players in the first 45 minutes such as the aforementioned Robba and Viagas, as well left back Charlyann Pizzarello who was proving to be quite the menace with her runs from deep and composure on the ball.

Score-line aside, Gibraltar will have been looking to build on the promising performance seen throughout the first half, unfortunately however, the second half would see Liechtenstein quickly grab control of the game as they netted a third goal in the 53rd minute through Goppel who scored her second of the game.

The weather conditions only seemed to worsen following the third goal as did the Liechtenstein onslaught as the hosts headed in a 4th goal in the 66th minute through the substitute Tschupp who had only just come on.

It wasn’t just the home side who made changes in the second half however, as Janssen Olivero sent Naomi Victor, Tiana Borrell and Josie Cummings into the fray as he hoped that some fresh legs could make a difference to his side.

Despite what the scoreline would suggest, Gibraltar’s Women did not put on a performance deserving of a 4-0 scoreline as they continued to press high and attack the Liechtenstein backline.

 

Gibraltar’s pressure eventually came good as Robba, one of Gibraltar’s standouts throughout the match, burst through and slotted ball coolly into the back of the net to make it 4-1 in the 75th minute.

Although no more than a consolation, the goal was more than deserved for both the Women, who had put in a massive effort throughout the match, as well as Robba herself who goes down in history as the first female goal scorer for Gibraltar in the UEFA era.

Despite their continuing efforts, Olivero’s side could not find another breakthrough in the remaining 15 minutes and had to settle for a 4-1 defeat in their first ever UEFA sanctioned fixture.

Olivero’s squad now has three days to regroup and prepare for the rematch against their opponents on Sunday at 4pm.