16th October 2012
World Cup Qualifier
Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle
San Marino 0-2 Moldova
Ah the agony! With 20 minutes remaining, San Marino were well and truly in this one with the scores still at 0-0. A famous draw was so close you could almost touch it.
But the final twenty minutes told a familiar tale. As with the England match last week it took a penalty to break the deadlock, on this occasion substitute Serghei Dadu scored within a minute of coming on the pitch. Continue reading →
No rest for the wicked as San Marino are playing again on Tuesday in a home tie against Moldova. On paper this represents San Marino’s best prospect of avoiding defeat in this campaign, Moldova being significantly weaker than any of the other countries in the group.
Weak they may be, but they are still vastly superior to San Marino sadly, so when I say “best prospect” it needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. It’s all relative. Moldova are currently 141st in the world which makes them one of Europe’s weakest, but still quite a bit higher up than San Marino. Continue reading →
San Marino are back in World Cup action with two fixtures this week, a trip to Wembley to face England followed by Moldova at home.
No meeting with England would be complete without a mention of David Gualtieri’s 8 second goal (still the fastest ever World Cup goal) in a 1993 qualifier, which ended 7-1 to England. The match in Wembley during that campaign finished 5-0 to England which is quite respectable for the Sammarinese and a repeat of that would be something of a feat for them.
Of course this match does give rise to the clichéd bores to go on and on about how San Marino are a joke and shouldn’t be there etc. etc.
European World Cup Qualifying gets under way this month and for us that means a swift return to action for San Marino after their encouraging yet ultimately disappointing friendly loss to Malta in August. First up for the Sammarinese is a home tie against Montenegro on 11th September in Serravalle which represents quite a tough opening to what is, naturally, a very tough group with several familiar faces in it. Continue reading →