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Gibraltar 0-0 Wales: Dragons held as hosts end losing streak

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 6 Jun 2024

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Gibraltar ended their longest-ever losing run following a 0-0 draw with Wales, a team ranked 174 places above them in the FIFA rankings.

Julio Cesar Ribas’ side had not won since seeing off Andorra 1-0 back in November 2022.

Since then, they had lost all 13 of their matches by an aggregate score of 0-50.

Yet Gibraltar proved rock solid against a youthful Wales team on Thursday, with Josh Sheehan’s inswining corner coming back off the crossbar in the visitors’ best opportunity.

Indeed, Wales failed to truly trouble Gibraltar goalkeeper Jaylan Hankins otherwise, despite registering 16 shots and having an xG of 1.13.

Wales did, though, equal their longest unbeaten run in Robert Page’s tenure in all competitions (W4 D5), the last time they managed that was between September 2021 and March 2022 (nine games – W4 D5).

Data Debrief: Page gives the kids a chance but away woes rumble on

Away from home in all competitions, Wales have won just three of their 14 games under Page (D5 L6), while in that time they have only scored 3+ goals once before, against Belarus in September 2021.

Charlie Crew’s 78th-minute introduction, meanwhile, saw him equal the record as the youngest player to play for Wales since Leeds United team-mate Ethan Ampadu against the Republic of Ireland in September at 17 years and 357 days old.

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