26th March 2013
World Cup Qualifier
Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw
Poland 5-0 San Marino
A glance at the scoreline suggests the usual surrender to a stronger team, albeit with the goals account count not getting as high as might have been feared.
But beyond the scoreline there were a few incidents of real note for San Marino. Firstly, Aldo Simoncini in goal made several decent stops, a couple of which were in the firsts 10 minutes alone. And secondly, a last minute breakaway saw Danilo Rinaldi clean through on goal with only Artur Boruc to beat, and a chance to make a piece of Sammarinese footballing history.
Sadly it wasn’t to be. Artur Boruc spoiled it for everyone who isn’t Polish by racing out and staying big to stop Rinaldi’s shot from getting past him. So affronted were the Poles at this nasty showck that they went straight down the other end and banged in their fifth goal from Jakub Kosecki.
The initial breakthrough had come with a penalty, one of two in the match both scored by Robert Lewandowski. The other two came from Lukasz Piszczek and Lukasz Teodorczyk.
So San Marino fell to another heavy defeat, and also now are officially eliminated from the World Cup. Unsurprisingly they are the first European side to be eliminated, but are not alone. Also returning their Brazilian brochures after Tuesday’s matches are Andorra and Scotland.
Other Group H results:
Montenegro 1-1 England
Ukraine 2-1 Moldova
|1.||Montenegro||Pl. 6||Pts. 14|