San Marino Stadium - Serravalle 06/09/2013 - 20:30CET (20:30 local time)

Qualifying round - Group 1

San Marino - Wales
1-0
 

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San Marino hails unprecedented win

Published: Saturday 7 September 2013, 10.09CET
"All San Marino should be proud of them," said coach Pier Angelo Manzaroli after the 1-0 win against Wales. "It was an extraordinary feeling," added scorer Juri Biordi.
by Elia Gorini
from San Marino
San Marino hails unprecedented win
San Marino celebrate their historic 1-0 win against Wales ©Foto Pruccoli
 

Match statistics

San Marino
Wales

1

Goals scored

0

5

Total attempts

14

1

on target

3

3

off target

7

1

blocked

4

0

against woodwork

0

0

Corners

7

1

Offsides

9

3

Yellow cards

4

0

Red Cards

0

16

Fouls committed

22

22

Fouls suffered

15

Lineups

San Marino

San Marino

Wales

Wales

1Benedettini (GK)
74
1Ward (GK)
2Proli2Freeman
59
3Battistini
34
3Fox
4Cesarini4Evans
5Ciambotta5Tancock
6Biordi
22
50
60
6Walsh
7Tosi7Burns
76
84
8Colombini (C)8Huws (C)
56
66
9Bernardi9Cassidy
54
10A. Golinucci10Lawrence
11Baizan
71
11Isgrove
54

Substitutes

12A. Manzaroli (GK)12Roberts (GK)
13Angelini13Ray
14Faetanini
60
14Lucas
15Francini15Bodin
84
16Righi16Hewitt
17A. Zavoli
71
17Bradshaw
54
18Zonzini18Ogleby
66

Coaches

Pierangelo Manzaroli (SMR) Geraint Williams (WAL)

Referee

Dejan Jakimovksi (MKD)

Standings

Last updated: 09/09/2013 07:57 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
  
Published: Saturday 7 September 2013, 10.09CET

San Marino hails unprecedented win

"All San Marino should be proud of them," said coach Pier Angelo Manzaroli after the 1-0 win against Wales. "It was an extraordinary feeling," added scorer Juri Biordi.

Two months after SP Tre Penne became the first team from San Marino to win a UEFA club competition game, another piece of history was written when Pier Angelo Manzaroli's side beat Wales 1-0 in a UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier.

Juri Biordi's first-half goal in Serravalle earned San Marino their first three points in Group 1 but also the first competitive victory over 90 minutes of any Sammarinese national team since a 2-1 U17 success against Andorra in 2002. "It was an extraordinary feeling," Bordi told UEFA.com. "Even better than the game against Lithuania [a 2-1 defeat in June] when I scored the equaliser. Scoring in front of our fans was simply fantastic, even more so now I know my goal got us the win."

San Marino had made a U21 breakthrough of sorts when they secured a 0-0 draw with Greece in June 2012 – their first point at this age group barring 3-0 forfeit wins versus Sweden and Armenia in 2003 and 2006. However, Friday's triumph against Wales was their first U21 success over 90 minutes. "We made history and all the players deserve credit," said coach Manzaroli. "This is a fantastic group. The great desire of my players, the way we prepared tactically for this game and a bit of luck helped us earn this amazing result."

His side remain bottom of qualifying Group 1, but San Marino's statistics are something to be proud of given their modest circumstances; they have conceded just six goals in four outings and have scored twice. "Considering who we are and our past results, nobody would have predicted such statistics for us at the start of this campaign," Manzaroli said. "I want to thank the boys because they are working really hard. The whole of San Marino should be proud of them."

No novice as a miracle worker, the 44-year-old former midfielder coached the AC Libertas team that drew 1-1 with Irish club Drogheda United FC in a 2007/08 UEFA Cup game and also led a San Marino side through the preliminary round of the 2008/09 UEFA Regions Cup before guiding the U21s to that stalemate against Greece. "I have been lucky enough to coach players who wanted to fulfil their ambitions with all their hearts," he explained. "If you add a bit of technique and tactics to that, you can achieve incredible results, as we did today."

Last updated: 09/09/13 13.01CET

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