Gilbraltar shock Armenia to clinch historic first competitive win — UEFA Nations League

Virgil van Dijk celebrates his goal

It finally arrived in Yerevan, though, as Joseph Chipolina's second-half penalty proved enough to defeat an Armenia team featuring Arsenal star Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

It was not the only embarrassing aspect for the hosts in Yerevan with the Armenian FA issuing an apology for mistaking the Gibraltar national anthem for that of Liechtenstein prior to the match.

It was also their first points in any competition, as they lost all of their Euro 2016 and 2018 World Cup qualifying matches.

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Chipolina, a former Gibraltar futsal player, made no mistake to net the first goal for his country, sending shockwaves around Europe.

Gibraltar are the smallest member of UEFA, and after first being rejected for membership in 1999 were forced to take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, following resolute opposition from the Spanish Football Federation.

Immediately after the incident, the General Secretary of the Gibraltar Football Association, Dennis Beiso, expressed his disappointment for what happened on social media, and his words were re-tweeted by the Information Service office of Gibraltar's Government in Spain. Macedonia lead the way, and look set to claim the Euro 2020 play-off spot on offer to the group victor.

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