11t October 2013
World Cup Qualifier
Zimbru Stadium, Chisinau, Moldova (Att. 5,000)
Moldova 3-0 San Marino
San Marino didn’t do too badly in Chisinau on Friday, lasting at 0-0 until beyond half-time. Unfortunately a repeat of last month’s goal scoring heroics wasn’t to be, and ten minutes into the second half Moldova finally got their breakthrough.
Viorel Frunza beat Aldo Simoncini, who was restored to the team between the San Marino posts, after good work from Alexandru Antoniuc. Eugeniu Sidorenco added a second after another goal mouth scramble, before banging home the third himself a minute from time.
Moldova played patiently throughout, presumably feeling that the breakthrough would eventually come. A policy that was clearly based on fact. This win broke Moldova’s run of four matches without a win. We eon’t go into how many matches San Marino now are without a win…
So all in all not a bad showing from San Marino; a goalless first half, and keeping the score to two before the final minute. No goals scored though, for shame.
Group H now looks like this…
|1.||England||Pl. 9||Pts. 19|
All that remains now is for San Marino to act as sacrificial lambs to the slaughter against Ukraine on Tuesday night. Ukraine will of course need a win to try and steal top spot from England, who face Poland on the same night.
Can San Marino avoid another 9 goal humping? Let’s hope so.