Minnow Gibraltar off the mark but Scotland hits six to boost Euro hopes

 

150329123229-gibraltar-scores-exlarge-169It’s a moment Lee Casciaro and his Gibraltar teammates will never forget as the striker took his place in the football history books.
With 19 minutes gone and trailing Scotland 1-0, Casciario, one of three brothers in the Gibraltar team, burst through a threadbare home defense to equalize.
It was Gibraltar’s first goal in a competitive match since being officially recognized by UEFA, but it was as good as it got for the minnow, eventually thrashed 6-1 by the Scots.

Gibraltar has scored one and conceded 26 goals in its five matches in Group D of Euro 2016 qualifying, but for a British Overseas Territory with a population of about 30,000 has put up creditable performances.

Casciaro, who is a policeman, took his chance well to easily beat the diving David Marshall and capitalize on a bright opening for the visitors despite falling behind to a disputed Shaun Maloney penalty.

Scotland, challenging strongly to qualify from a group which also includes World Cup winner Germany, eventually got firmly on top with Maloney scoring two from the spot and Steven Fletcher grabbing a hat-trick. It was the first by a Scotland player since Colin Stein in 1969

Germany boosts chances

Germany won 2-0 in Georgia to tie the Scots on 10 points, with Poland, heading the tight section on 11 points after a 1-1 draw against Republic of Ireland later Sunday.

Marco Reus and Thomas Muller scored Germany’s goals just before halftime.

In Group F, there was a superb home win for Northern Ireland beating Finland 2-1, with Kyle Lafferty getting both, but Romania leads it after a narrow 1-0 home victory over the Faroe Islands.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal tops Group I after beating Serbia 2-1 with goals from Ricardo Carvalho and Fabio Coentrao, who hit the winner after a superb Nemanja Matic equalizer.

Brazil continues winning run

Meanwhile, Brazil continued its recovery under new coach Dunga after a disastrous end to the 2014 World Cup campaign, with an eighth straight friendly win.

It beat fellow South American side Chile 1-0 with Roberto Firmino’s second half goal separating the two sides in a largely scrappy match at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in London.

Players are looking to impress to win places in the respective squads for the Copa America this summer and Hoffenheim’s Firmino did his chances no harm by taking a pass from Danilo to round Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

Source:CNN Sports

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