Scots boss Strachan praises brave Gibraltar

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Scotland boss Gordon Strachan admitted Gibraltar made his life a “misery” after shocking the hosts with their first ever competitive goal.

The minnows left a 34,255-strong crowd in stunned silence as Lee Casciaro cancelled out Shaun Malloney’s spot-kick opener just a minute after he had put the Dark Blues ahead.

It was everything UEFA’s newest member nation deserved as they bravely pushed forward against Strachan’s ultra-attacking 3-2-5 line-up.

Thankfully for the Scots, though, Steven Fletcher went on to complete the first hat-trick by a Dark Blues player in 46 years as another Maloney penalty plus Steven Naismith’s strike earned them a 6-1 triumph.

But it will remain a special day for Gibraltar. Only given the green light to take part in international competition three years ago, they had failed to find the net in their first four Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Casciaro will now take his place in the record books - and as Strachan pointed out, so will the man he beat.

He said: “All the credit should really go to Gibraltar. They made my life a misery for periods of that game.

“Allan McGregor and Craig Gordon now love me for not picking them. They are not in the history books. Unfortunately David Marshall has got his name against that forever now and he will be in quiz questions everywhere.”

“I got a wee fright when they scored. It was partly down to us though. We spent all week working on attacking width. We fell asleep, taking it for granted that they would not attack and they did.

“We were caught walking out when we should have been walking back the way.

“So that made it an interesting couple of minutes.”