World Cup Qualifier: San Marino 1-5 Poland

10thSeptember 2013
World Cup Qualifier
Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino

San Marino 1-5 Poland


Oh my!  Oh net bulging, goal scoring, my!  They only went and scored a goal!  And not just any old goal either, but an equalising goal.  I could only have been bettered if they’d actually taken the lead.

Alessandro Della Valle is the man of the moment, with San Marino’s first competitive goal for five long years.  Let’s celebrate this for all it’s worth – it could be a while before this happens again…

So Poland went on to win 5-1?  So what?  Frankly I don’t care, because that one moment is something that San Marino have had to wait a hell of a long time for.

Want to know about Poland’s goals?  Ok, here’s the rest of the action…

Poland should really have taken the lead as early as the 4th minute when Pawel Brozek, in for the injured Robert Lewandowski, failed to beat Aldo Simoncini when clean through. Nineteen year-old Piotr Zielinski did give his side the lead minutes later though, as he opened the scoring after 10 minutes before Della Valle’s glorious equaliser, heading in Matteo Vitaioli’s free-kick.

Any thoughts of a shock draw didn’t last long, however, as within a minute Poland were ahead again. Captain Jakub Błaszczykowski sent the ball between the legs of the Simoncini to restore the advantage before Waldemar Sobota drove in from 15 metres to make it 3-1 before half-time.

Zieliński got his second on 66 minutes, crashing in an outstanding free-kick, before he slipped in substitute Adrian Mierzejewski who made no mistake to score the fifth. With trips to Ukraine and England awaiting Poland in their final two games they face an uphill struggle to reach Brazil, but the win in Serravalle keeps their chances alive.

Naturally, having been the victims of a San Marino goal, the Polish coach Waldemar Fornalik pretended to be happy but wasn’t overly thrilled…

“We did the job, which was to beat San Marino.  The game went well, particularly the first half, when we went on the offensive, but once again some of our old mistakes were made in the defence.”

The group table now looks like this…

1. England Pl. 8 Pts. 16
2. Ukraine 8 15
3. Montenegro 8 15
4. Poland 8 13
5. Moldova 8 5
6. San Marino 8 0

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