After 22 defeats, Gibraltar finally win a game

first_img0Shares0000At last: Gibraltar’s Roy Chipolina scored the only goal © AFP/File / ELVIS BARUKCICPARIS, France, Oct 13 – Little Gibraltar finally won their first competitive match after 22 defeats on Saturday when they beat Armenia — who featured Arsenal star Henrikh Mkhitaryan — 1-0 in the UEFA Nations League.A penalty in the 50th minute by captain Roy Chipolina gave Gibraltar the three points in Yerevan. It was just the tiny territory’s third win since they joined UEFA following friendly victories against Malta in 2014 and Latvia in March this year.Saturday’s win came despite an organisational blunder at the start of the game when local authorities played the national anthem of Liechtenstein instead of Gibraltar.“The Armenian FA has apologised to the Head of Delegation representing the Gibraltar FA in Yerevan for the oversight and an announcement has been made at the national stadium apologising for the error,” tweeted the Gibraltar FA.Since Gibraltar joined UEFA in 2013, they have suffered a series of heavy defeats, losing to Poland 8-1 and 7-0 and 7-0 against Germany and the Republic of Ireland in Euro 2016 qualifying.Their worst defeat was a 9-0 hammering at the hands of Belgium in World Cup qualifying in 2017.“So proud of the team and everyone involved. We have had many disappointments yet continued to work hard and believe. #history,” tweered Chipolina.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Rodgers expects Sterling to see out Liverpool contract

first_img Raheem Sterling in action for Liverpool Brendan Rodgers expects Raheem Sterling to see out his Liverpool contract.The Reds youngster has two years left on his deal at Anfield, but has told the club he wants to leave in the summer.The flyer’s contract saga took another twist on Thursday when agent Aidy Ward claimed Sterling “would not sign a new contract for £900,000-a-week”, meaning talks had been haulted with the club.But, speaking to the media ahead of their Premier League clash with Stoke, Rodgers claims the 20-year-old is not unhappy at the Merseysiders.“Whether there are talks or no talks, Raheem has two years left and I expect him to see that through. For me it’s quite simple,” he said. “How we like to work is to keep everything behind closed doors. We can only control what we do.“If he is fit, which at the moment he is, Raheem is available for Sunday. My relationship with him hasn’t been affected.“I’m sure talks will take place over the summer. I don’t see Raheem as being unhappy.”Sterling is reported to have told Rodgers he wants to leave the club before the 1-1 Premier League draw with Chelsea earlier this season, but the Liverpool chief has refused to confirm whether the starlet has asked for a move.“What Raheem said and didn’t say to me (before Chelsea) will stay between him and I,” he added. “I won’t sit here today and tell you about a private conversation with a player.” 1last_img read more