Casciaro goal not enough in Cyprus

Gibraltar came away with with nothing from their away qualifier against Cyprus despite having equalised in their 2nd of 4 group games. Following Liam Walker’s leveler against Greece, Lee Casciaro scored with a close range header 5 minutes after the break to make it 1-1. Cyprus had taken the lead inside the first 30 minutes of play after a free kick found its way feebly through the defensive wall, only to fall kindly for Konstantinos Laifis to divert past Ibrahim.

Casciaro leveled in the 2nd half and Gibraltar continued to have chances to take the lead but a defensive lapse from Ryan Casciaro allowed the ball to pass through to the waiting Pieros Sotiriou who made no mistake from 10 yards out.

Gibraltar were then reduced to 10 men after young defender Jayce Olivero picked up 2 yellow cards in a matter of minutes. The first for dissent and then the second yellow followed for shirt grabbing. With the challenge now further uphill, Cyprus managed to seal the win with a 3rd goal just before full time after captain Valentinos Sielis rose to meet the corner to send a powerful header past Ibrahim to make the final score 3-1. Defensive lapses again proving Gibraltar’s achillies heel, but the team shows to be more than capable of challenging this calibre of opponent.

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