This week sees San Marino’s hapless heroes entering the World Cup fray again with a double header of fixtures. A trip to Lviv in Ukraine is first up on Friday night for the first of two meetings with Ukraine in the next few weeks. Then on Tuesday it’s back home to entertain Poland. Hopes are not high.
This will be the first ever meeting between Ukraine and San Marino, but the nation ranked 28thin the world are unlikely to be worried about this one.
By contrast Tuesday sees the 8th meeting between Poland and San Marino, with the Sammarinese yet to find the net in the previous 7 defeats, with 28 goals finding the San Marino net.
Things have actually got worse over the years, after the first meeting in 1993 in a World Cup qualifier saw a mere 1-0 win for Poland in Lodz. But a 2010 World Cup qualifier in Kielce in 2009 saw a whopping 10-0 win for the Poles.
An interesting nugget of trivia? Poland have never qualified for a tournament when San Marino have been in their qualifying group. This is the fourth time they’ve been drawn together, and Poland’s qualification hopes are on a knife edge. History to repeat itself? You read it here first.
Most recently the teams meet back in march when Poland won 5-0 in Warsaw, but San Marino came damn close to scoring with a one-on-one breakaway sadly being saved.
|28thApril 1993||World Cup Qualifier||Lodz||Poland 1-0 San Marino|
|19thMay 2003||World Cup Qualifier||Serravalle||San Marino 0-3 Poland|
|7thSept 2002||Euro Qualifier||Serravalle||San Marino 0-2 Poland|
|2ndApril 2003||Euro Qualifier||Ostrowiec||Poland 5-0 San Marino|
|10thSept 2008||World Cup Qualifier||Serravalle||San Marino 0-2 Poland|
|1stApril 2009||World Cup Qualifier||Kielce||Poland 10-0 San Marino|
|26thMarch 2013||World Cup Qualifier||Warsaw||Poland 5-0 San Marino||Report|