While their senior team have been on the end of some thrashings from the likes of Germany, Poland, and more recently Scotland, Gibraltar’s Under-16 side have been busy winning the Uefa Development Tournament in strange scenes.
With their game against their Macedonian counterparts locked at 0-0, Gibraltar went behind from a set-piece, as Macedonia scored a header from a corner in added time, which looked to have given them the win.
They ran to the dugout to celebrate with the players and staff not involved on the pitch as Gibraltar prepared to restart the game from kick-off.
The Gibraltar players then proceeded to kick-off whilst the Macedonians were still celebrating on the touchline, with a Gibraltar player dribbling all the way into the box unchallenged, before rolling the ball into the empty net. Two Macedonian players, one being the goalkeeper, made a mad dash back towards the net to try and prevent a goal.
They were unsuccessful though, with the goal being deemed legal as all of the Macedonian players were in their own half as the kick off was taken.
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Gibraltar won the tournament on goal difference, having beaten Malta and San Marino in their previous matches, despite Macedonia beating them on penalties after the draw. It signals a vital step in the country’s progression in football, with them only becoming a UEFA member in 2013.
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