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European Championships: San Marino 0-0 Estonia

Saturday 15th November 2014
European Championship Qualifying Group E
Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino

San Marino 0-0 Estonia

a0995-san-marino-draw-against-estoniaOh my!  They’ve only gone and done it!  After thirteen and a half long years without a competitive point in either World Cup or European Championship qualifying, San Marino secured a stunning 0-0 draw against Estonia.  And stunning is the word, with Aldo Simoncini in goal earning the greatest of plaudits for his string of fine saves throughout, but with San Marino managing to provide something of a threat going forwards at times too, albeit an occasional and limited one.

Sadly only 759 lucky souls were in attendance to witness history being made, compared to the 5,700 who attended the 4-0 defeat to Switzerland last month.  But those who stayed away missed the gaining of San Marino’s first ever European Championship point coming at the 60th attempt; their only two previous competitive non defeats coming in World Cup qualification.  It is also just over a decade since they last tasted anything other than defeat in what is to date their only ever victory;  a 1-0 friendly win over Liechtenstein in April 2004. Continue reading

European Championships Qualifier: San Marino v. Estonia

SanMarinoEstoniaSaturday 15th November 2014
European Championships Qualifying Group E
Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino

San Marino’s latest Euro 2016 qualifier sees them facing an Estonia side who they only played once before; a mere 1-0 defeat in a 2002 home friendly in Serravalle.

Estonia currently sit 88th in FIFA’s world rankings (38th in Europe), while our heroes are of course still stuck at the bottom, or as FIFA prefer to call it, =208th.

Estonia began their campaign with an impressive late win over Slovenia in Tallinn, but since then have fallen to two defeats.  Baltic rivals Lithuania secured a late 1-0 win over their neighbours in October, while Wayne Rooney’s goal did the same for England in Tallinn a few days later. Continue reading

Match Report: European Championship: San Marino 0-4 Switzerland

Tuesday 14th October 2014
European Championships Qualifying Group E
Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino

San Marino 0-4 Switzerland

SanMarino0-4SwizterlandA strong first half from the Swiss set them on their way to a predictably comfortable win in Serravalle over the Sammarinese boys in blue, who were missing top goal scorer Andy Selva to injury, replaced by Mattia Stefanelli. 

The win provided Switzerland with their belated first points of the group.  Coming into this game, Switzerland had suffered defeats to England, 2-0 at home, and Slovenia, 1-0 away.

But this was always going to be an easier task and two goals from Haris Seferovic in the opening 24 minutes meant that any fears of a shock result were well and truly dismissed early on.  A third was added before half an hour was up through Blerim Dzemaili and a fourth in the second half from Xherdan Shaqiri to garner Switzerland’s first points and drag them clear of San Marino at the bottom – a situation that was never likely to last for long. Continue reading

Euro 2016: England 5-0 San Marino

Thursday 9th October 2014
European Championships Qualifying Group E
Wembley Stadium, London, England

England 5-0 San Marino

England-v-San-MarinoSan Marino suffered a 5-0 defeat at Wembley that actually saw a little more progressive play from the boys in blue than had been the case in their previous recent matches with England.  While not threatening very often or very convincingly, they did at least have a couple of efforts on goal and looked to get forward when the opportunity arose.  It didn’t arise often of course; there were repeated occasions when there was simply no out ball.  But it was noticeable to me that under coach Pierangelo Manzeroli that San Marino are willing to try a little more than simply to frustrate.

Manzeroli has had a little but of success (it’s all relative of course…) with the under-21 side, including a victory of Wales not so long ago, and it is encouraging what he is looking to implement with the senior side. Continue reading