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Gib faces Estonia with renewed confidence

Gibraltar tonight plays Estonia in Tallinn, in their second qualifying group match in the FIFA World Cup European qualify Group H. Gibraltar. Presently fourth in their group, equal in points with Cyprus and Estonia come into the match after a 4-1 defeat against Greece.

Estonia also come to the match after a heavy defeat against Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the lost 5-0.

Jeff Wood, the Gibraltar national team coach has taken a 23 man squad which includes newcomer Deren Ibrahim, the Dartford keeper, better known for his goal against Hungerford from a free-kick from inside his own half.

Buoyed by recent improvements in their performances, which includes holding Greece at 1-1 for most of the first half, and not conceding a goal in the second half, Gibraltar is looking to gain points from their match against Estonia before playing Belgium on Monday.

Gibraltar’s last visit to the Balkan state saw them come away with a 1-1 draw in their third friendly after joining UEFA.

Recent club matches have also seen Lincoln Red Imps players, who form the spine of the Gibraltar squad, beat Estonia’s league Champions Flora in the first round of the Champions League qualifiers, before losing to Celtic in the second round.

Wood has continued to trust in his younger players with the likes of Erin Barnet,  Jayce Olivero,  Anthony Bardon, Jamie Bosio, Jamie Coombes and  MikeyYome making it into the last 23.

Gibraltar will play Belgium on Monday in Faro, Portugal.

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