Gibraltar rock the Nations League to rise up Ranking

The successive victories saw the side rise in the October edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, to their highest ever position of 190th. What was the secret to their success in those two history-making wins?

Defensive masterclass

In Gibraltar’s inaugural competitive win, Armenia had a quite remarkable 35 attempts at Kyle Goldwin’s goal – ten of which were on target – with 70 dangerous attacks repelled by the steely Gibraltar defence. For players who do not call football a full-time profession, it is quite a feat to reset almost once every 60 seconds and face a new wave of attacking pressure by a professional attacking force led by Mkhitaryan, one of world football’s most eminent playmakers.

“I’m very happy with the performance I put in, but the whole team was simply amazing,” Goldwin told after the match. “If you look at the stats, yes, they had a lot of shots, but most came from outside the box and that was because my team-mates were phenomenal.”