Andorra shocked the world on the 9th of June when they notched up their first win of the qualifying campaign for the World Cup 2018.
The Andorrans picked up their first win of the decade in a competitive match by a solitary goal, in their UEFA group B qualifying match against Hungary at the Estadi Nacional.
The Tricolors ended their 66 match win less run on Friday. The record stretched back to 13 years prior in competitive international matches. FC Santa Coloma defender Marc Rebés scored the all important goal of the match. The 22 year old caught the Hungarian goalkeeper Peter Gulasci off guard to score of a looping header at the far post, in the 26th minute of the match.
The shock defeat to Andorra has dealt a huge blow to the Hungarians’ ambitions of making it to the World Cup Finals in Russia 2018. Although they still have chances of making it through, the shock defeat against the 186th ranked side of the world, has put them in serious jeopardy. With 4 matches left to play in the group, the Magyars are 3rd in the group table but 8 points behind second placed Portugal.
The match was pretty ugly and the East European minnows had only 30% ball possession. While the Hungarians committed 20 fouls, their victors committed 23.
Andorra’s win over Hungary is their second ever win in a competitive match as well 5th overall. Their previous competitive win came in October 2004 against Macedonia in the World Cup Qualifying campaign with an exact scoreline.
They have only won three friendly matches, two of them against Albania and Belarus. Of late they have been improving significantly with a 2-0 friendly win against San Marino in February this year and then holding the Faroe Islands to a goal less draw in the world cup qualifiers. They have now amazingly kept three clean sheets in their last three international games.