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Staunch San Marino stifle Finland

Published: Wednesday 5 March 2014, 22.45CET
San Marino 0-0 Finland
New home coach Mirco Papini enjoyed a fine start as his team held on to defy dominant visitors who had two men dismissed in added time.
by Luca Pelliccioni
Staunch San Marino stifle Finland
San Marino celebrate after sealing a goalless draw against Finland ©Filippo Pruccoli

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Published: Wednesday 5 March 2014, 22.45CET

Staunch San Marino stifle Finland

San Marino 0-0 Finland
New home coach Mirco Papini enjoyed a fine start as his team held on to defy dominant visitors who had two men dismissed in added time.

San Marino resisted staunchly to hold visiting Finland to a 0-0 draw and bring an end to a four-match losing streak.

With coach Pier Angelo Manzaroli recently taking charge of the senior side, this game was a debut for replacement Mirco Papini. The new boss enjoyed a bright start in the hot seat as San Marino bounced back from a 9-0 loss to England in their last outing in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 1.

The hosts were on the back foot for much of the contest, and though they restricted their opponents to long-range efforts, Finland still had 16 shots on goal. Janne Saksela forced a save from Elia Benedettini and Nikolai Alho fired narrowly past the post in the best of the chances.

While they responded with just one effort of their own, the stubborn Sammarinese battled to a clean sheet that increases their points' total to four, after their surprise matchday four defeat of Wales.

Finnish frustration was compounded in added time when they lost both Moshtagh Yaghoubi and Thomas Lam to dismissals after each picked up a second yellow card.

Last updated: 04/06/15 8.37CET

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Lineups

San Marino

San Marino

Finland

Finland

1
BenedettiniElia Benedettini (GK)
1
ViitalaWalter Viitala (GK)
2
Manuel BattistiniManuel Battistini
3
SakselaJanne Saksela
3
CesariniDavide Cesarini
Substitution85
4
D. O'ShaughnessyDaniel O'Shaughnessy
4
BiordiJuri Biordi
5
LamThomas Lam
Yellow Card67
Red Card90+4
5
BrolliCristian Brolli
6
HeimonenMarcus Heimonen
Substitution68
6
FaetaniniAngelo Faetanini
9
VäyrynenTim Väyrynen (C)
7
ProliGian Luca Proli
10
LodRobin Lod
8
ColombiniEugenio Colombini (C)
Yellow Card54
11
AlhoNikolai Alho
9
BernardiMarco Bernardi
13
PethKevin Peth
Substitution60
10
GolinucciAlessandro Golinucci
Yellow Card90+5
17
KlingaMatti Klinga
Substitution85
11
MuracciniMassimo Muraccini
18
YaghoubiMoshtagh Yaghoubi
Yellow Card30
Red Card90+3

Substitutes

12
ManzaroliAndrea Manzaroli (GK)
12
SahlgrenSaku-Pekka Sahlgren (GK)
13
AngeliniNicolo' Angelini
7
SkrabbSimon Skrabb
Substitution60
14
BaizanMaximiliano Baizan
8
PaananenAleksi Paananen
Substitution68
15
BerardiMarco Berardi
14
VäisänenSauli Väisänen
Substitution85
16
RighiLuca Righi
16
AspegrenFelipe Aspegren
17
TosiLuca Tosi
19
HertsiLoorents Hertsi
18
ZonziniAlessandro Zonzini
Substitution85
20
OjalaMatias Ojala

Coach

Mirco Papini (ITA) Tommi Kautonen (FIN)

Referee

Michael Johansen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Henrik Sønderby (DEN), Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)

Fourth official

Michael Tykgaard (DEN)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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