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Gibraltar beat Armenia after national anthem mix-up

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Liechtenstein’s anthem was played instead of Gibraltar’s in Yerevan.

Joseph Chipolina's goal earned Gibraltar their first ever competitive victory (Adam Davy/PA).

Gibraltar’s players could be forgiven for not joining in with the national anthem ahead of their Nations League match away to Armenia – because their hosts played Liechtenstein’s by mistake.

The Gibraltar Football Association said it was “very disappointed” by the mix-up ahead of the clash in Yerevan and that the Armenian FA had apologised.

A statement on the Gibraltar FA Twitter feed read: “The Gibraltar FA is very disappointed to note that, prior to tonight’s UEFA Nations League match versus Armenia, the national anthem of Liechtenstein was played.

“The Armenian FA has apologised to the Head of Delegation representing the Gibraltar FA in Yerevan for this oversight and an announcement has been made at the national stadium apologising for the error.”

Gibraltar got the last laugh on the pitch, though, as they claimed a shock 1-0 win thanks to Joseph Chipolina’s second-half penalty.

It was their first ever victory in a competitive match.

And next up for Gibraltar on Tuesday – Liechtenstein.

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