San Marino’s final two fixtures in this World Cup campaign take place in the coming days, with a visit to the next worst team in the group, Moldova, on Friday followed by a home match with Ukraine next week.
Coming on the back of a goal scoring performance last time out against Poland, San Marino will be looking to repeat the unlikely feat in Chisinau. Surely they can’t bang in another one can they?
They’ve not managed to breach the Moldovan net in four previous meetings so hopes aren’t high, but Moldova are rather inept themselves so let’s not rule out all hope. This fixture marks the fourth October in succession that this fixture has been played. Something of a record surely, but it hasn’t been a hapyp fixture for San Marino.
Earlier in this campaign, Moldova came to Serravalle and won 2-0, so I would hope that San Marino can at the very least keep the game fairly competitive. The first meeting between the two was even closer, a mere 1-0 defeat in 2000.
|26th April 2000||Friendly||Serravalle||San Marino 0-1 Moldova|
|12th October 2010||Euro Qualifier||Serravalle||San Marino 0-2 Moldova|
|11th October 2011||Euro Qualifier||Chisinau||Moldova 4-0 San Marino|
|16th October 2012||World Cup Qualifier||Serravalle||San Marino 0-2 Moldova||Report|
But then lurking a few days later is a meeting with mighty Ukraine, who of course hammered San Marino 9-0 only last month. Let’s just say that anything less than that will be a decent outcome for San Marino. Ukraine will go into this game needing a win to try and steal top spot, and automatic qualification, from England, so they are unlikely to let up on our hapless heroes.
|6th September 2013||World Cup Qualifier||Lviv||Ukraine 9-0 San Marino||Report|