European Championship Qualifying - Group H
AndorraAndorra1MoldovaMoldova0

Andorra 1-0 Moldova: Hosts end 21-year wait for a European Championship qualifying win

Koldo Alvarez
Former national team goalkeeper Koldo Alvarez was appointed Andorra manager in February 2010

Andorra's 21-year wait for a first European Championship qualifying win is over after they defeated Moldova to move off the bottom of Group H.

Andorra had lost all 56 of their previous European qualifying matches since contesting their first against Armenia on 5 September 1998.

But Marc Vales' 63rd-minute header was enough to deliver just his nation's third competitive victory in 23 years.

It is only Andorra's seventh win in all since joining Fifa and Uefa in 1996.

Against 10 men for the final 35 minutes following Radu Ginsari's dismissal, Koldo Alvarez's side held on for an historic win at Estadi Nacional despite having just 30% of the possession.

Vales' goal ends a 15-match winless run stretching back to March 2018 for the side ranked 139th in the world.

Moving above Moldova on goal difference, Alvarez's side now travel to face Iceland on Monday.

Line-ups

Andorra

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Gomes Moreira
  • 18Rubio GómezBooked at 32mins
  • 20González-Adrio
  • 6Lima Solà
  • 15San Nicolás Schellens
  • 10Clemente GarcesSubstituted forRebés Ruizat 73'minutes
  • 3Vales González
  • 7Pujol PonsSubstituted forRodríguez Soriaat 83'minutes
  • 17Cervós MoroBooked at 84mins
  • 8De Matos Vieira
  • 2Martínez AlejoBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAláez Peñaat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Rebés Ruiz
  • 5García Miramontes
  • 11Moreno Marín
  • 13Pires
  • 14Aláez Peña
  • 16Martínez Palau
  • 19Gómez Pérez
  • 21García Renom
  • 22Rodríguez Soria

Moldova

Formation 4-3-3

  • 23Koselev
  • 22Graur
  • 5Posmac
  • 14Prepelita
  • 2Reabciuk
  • 8MihaliovSubstituted forDedovat 72'minutes
  • 9CebotaruBooked at 40mins
  • 7Ionita
  • 16SuvorovBooked at 76mins
  • 19Boiciuc
  • 11GinsariBooked at 55mins

Substitutes

  • 1Celeadnic
  • 3Efros
  • 4Mudrac
  • 6Rozgoniuc
  • 10Dedov
  • 12Cebotari
  • 13Macritchii
  • 17Sandu
  • 18Anton
Referee:
Jonathan Lardot
Attendance:
947

Match Stats

Home TeamAndorraAway TeamMoldova
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away9
Fouls
Home25
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Andorra 1, Moldova 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Andorra 1, Moldova 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alexandru Boiciuc (Moldova) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Anatol Prepelita (Moldova) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Víctor Rodríguez (Andorra).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Moldova. Conceded by Ildefons Lima.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Moldova. Conceded by Jesús Rubio.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Artur Ionita (Moldova) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dinu Graur with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joan Cervós (Andorra) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Marcio Vieira.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alexandru Suvorov (Moldova) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dinu Graur.

  11. Post update

    Artur Ionita (Moldova) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Marc Rebés (Andorra).

  13. Post update

    Oleg Reabciuk (Moldova) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Víctor Rodríguez (Andorra).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alexandru Boiciuc (Moldova) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Alexandru Dedov.

  16. Booking

    Joan Cervós (Andorra) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Alexandru Suvorov (Moldova) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Marc Rebés (Andorra).

  19. Post update

    Veaceslav Posmac (Moldova) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Marcio Vieira (Andorra).

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England54012061412
2Czech Rep6402119212
3Kosovo5221101008
4Montenegro6033313-103
5Bulgaria6033511-63

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ukraine65101311216
2Portugal5320134911
3Serbia52121012-27
4Luxembourg6114511-64
5Lithuania6015417-131

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands54011761112
2Germany54011761112
3Northern Ireland640287112
4Belarus6114310-74
5Estonia6015218-161

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1R. of Ireland532062411
2Denmark5230155109
3Switzerland422010468
4Georgia511348-44
5Gibraltar5005016-160

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia6411135813
2Slovakia6312108210
3Hungary630379-29
4Wales52125507
5Azerbaijan5014513-81

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain66001731418
2Sweden6321138511
3Romania6312137610
4Norway623111839
5Malta6105213-113
6Faroe Islands6006320-170

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland7511112916
2Austria7412167913
3North Macedonia7322109111
4Slovenia7322137611
5Israel72231214-28
6Latvia7007124-230

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Turkey76011521318
2France76012041618
3Iceland74031010012
4Albania7304101009
5Andorra7106114-133
6Moldova7106218-163

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium77002812721
2Russia76012241818
3Cyprus7313137610
4Kazakhstan7214911-27
5Scotland7205517-126
6San Marino7007037-370

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy66001831518
2Finland640284412
3Armenia6303121119
4Bos-Herze6213121117
5Greece6123710-35
6Liechtenstein6015119-181
View full European Championship Qualifying tables

Top Stories