Joseph Chipolina scored Gibraltar’s first ever goal in a UEFA competition, but the GFA could not provide an upset as they went down 10-2 to a vastly more experienced Montenegro side.
Montenegro, whose side consisted entirely of players from their 6 team futsal division, showed their experience as they unsurprisingly had the best of the encounter.
Goals from Zekovic, Bajovic (x2), Draskovic (x2), Perovic, Mugosa (x2) and Barovic (x2) gave the Montengrins a comfortable victory, although Chipolina’s goal, alongside a goal for striker Lee Casciaro meant that Gibraltar at least had something to show from their first encounter.
Whilst the defeat may seem heavy, it is important to note the natural difference between players who are specialised in futsal, and those who are more used to the 11-a-side game. The differences between the two games are massive, and as such the defeat is understandable.
Next up for Gibraltar is a game against hosts France tomorrow, at 8pm.