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San Marino record historic victory against Wales

Published: Saturday 7 September 2013, 0.45CET
San Marino 1-0 Wales
Juri Biordi's 22nd-minute strike proved sufficient for the home team to rewrite the history books and record their first win in Group I.
by Luca Pelliccioni
San Marino record historic victory against Wales
Juri Biordi scores San Marino's winner against Wales ©Foto Pruccoli

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Published: Saturday 7 September 2013, 0.45CET

San Marino record historic victory against Wales

San Marino 1-0 Wales
Juri Biordi's 22nd-minute strike proved sufficient for the home team to rewrite the history books and record their first win in Group I.

San Marino made history by overcoming Wales 1-0 to record a rare win in Group I. 

It was the nation's first success in UEFA competition (other than a forfeit win) since their Under-17 side got the better of Andorra in 2002. "We won through a combination of hard work, skill and organisation. We also had a bit of luck but this is a historic moment for us and something to celebrate," said coach Pier Angelo Manzaroli. "I would like to congratulate all my players. The entire nation should be proud of them." 

Manzaroli's team withstood heavy pressure in Serravalle and poured scorn on their underdog status when Juri Biordi turned in Manuel Battistini's free-kick at the back post. It needed a moment of inspiration to lift Welsh spirits and Thomas Lawrence almost provided it, capitalising on a defensive slip by Gian Luca Proli and firing centimetres wide. 

The 19-year-old midfielder dragged another effort past a post on the stroke of half-time as San Marino paused for breath. Goalkeeper Elia Benedettini had to be at his best in the second half to deny Lloyd Isgrove before Robert Ogleby induced palpitations among the home support when he conspired to plant a header from Lee Evans' corner off target.

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Lineups

San Marino

San Marino

Wales

Wales

1
BenedettiniElia Benedettini (GK)
Yellow Card74
1
WardDanny Ward (GK)
2
ProliGian Luca Proli
2
FreemanKieron Freeman
Yellow Card59
3
Manuel BattistiniManuel Battistini
Yellow Card34
3
FoxMorgan Fox
4
CesariniDavide Cesarini
4
EvansLee Evans
5
CiambottaMirco Ciambotta
5
TancockScott Tancock
6
BiordiJuri Biordi
Goal22
Yellow Card50
Substitution60
6
WalshJoseph Walsh
7
TosiLuca Tosi
7
BurnsWesley Burns
Yellow Card76
Substitution84
8
ColombiniEugenio Colombini (C)
8
HuwsEmyr Huws (C)
Yellow Card56
Substitution66
9
BernardiMarco Bernardi
9
CassidyJake Cassidy
Substitution54
10
GolinucciAlessandro Golinucci
10
LawrenceTom Lawrence
11
BaizanMaximiliano Baizan
Substitution71
11
IsgroveLloyd Isgrove
Yellow Card54

Substitutes

12
ManzaroliAndrea Manzaroli (GK)
12
RobertsConnor Roberts (GK)
13
AngeliniNicolo' Angelini
13
RayGeorge Ray
14
FaetaniniAngelo Faetanini
Substitution60
14
LucasLee Lucas
15
FranciniLorenzo Francini
15
BodinBilly Bodin
Substitution84
16
RighiLuca Righi
16
HewittElliott Hewitt
17
ZavoliAndrea Zavoli
Substitution71
17
BradshawThomas Bradshaw
Substitution54
18
ZonziniAlessandro Zonzini
18
OglebyRobert Ogleby
Substitution66

Coach

Pierangelo Manzaroli (SMR) Geraint Williams (WAL)

Referee

Dejan Jakimovksi (MKD)

Assistant referees

Nikola Karakolev (MKD), Isa Emurli (MKD)

Fourth official

Nikola Kostencev (MKD)

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