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Own goal denies San Marino

Published: Thursday 21 November 2002, 0.40CET
San Marino 0-1 Latvia Sanmarinese denied their first UEFA European Championship point late on.

Match statistics

San MarinoLatvia

Goals scored0
1
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Published: Thursday 21 November 2002, 0.40CET

Own goal denies San Marino

San Marino 0-1 Latvia Sanmarinese denied their first UEFA European Championship point late on.

San Marino 0-1 Latvia
San Marino’s hopes of securing their first-ever UEFA European Championship point were thwarted as they conceded a last-minute own goal against Latvia.

Draw on the cards
For the San Marinese it would have been their best result since their 1-1 draw with Latvia in the qualifying campaign for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. That match was only the second time in their history that they had avoided defeat, the first being a 0-0 stalemate against Turkey in another World Cup qualifier in 1993.

Two chances
The visitors did deserve their win and were close to opening the scoring early on in this UEFA EURO 2004™ Group Four qualifier when Southampton FC striker Marians Pahars let fly a fierce shot from distance that ricocheted off the post. Soon after Maris Verpakouskis should have put away a rebound after a dipping strike from Vitalis Aspafjevs, but somehow contrived to edge wide.

Penalty appeal
San Marino’s best chance of a goal came in the 53rd minute when it appeared that Damiano Vannucci was brought down down in the penalty area, only for the referee to wave play on, despite the vehement protestations of the home side.

Valentini own goal
But at least the European minnows, who had lost all their previous 28 games in European qualifying matches, looked set to end their barren run after a battling rearguard display, until a goalmouth scramble ended with defender Carlo Valentini deflecting in an own goal.

Starkovs pleasure
Latvia coach Aleksandrs Starkovs claimed he was happy with his side's progess. "We are realistic about qualifying but optimistic as we already have more points than expected," he said. "We have to keep going and see how many points we can collect. This game showed that every match is hard."

Next fixtures
Latvia will undoubtedly have to work less for their three points when they face San Marino at home at the end of April. Starkovs' side now lie top of the group with seven points from three games ahead of second-placed Hungary, who were tonight held 1-1 by Moldova in an international friendly.

Last updated: 21/11/02 14.15CET

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Lineups

San Marino

San Marino

Latvia

Latvia

1
F GasperoniFederico Gasperoni (GK)
1
KoļinkoAleksandrs Koļinko (GK)
2
C. ValentiniCarlo Valentini
Yellow Card20
2
StepanovsIgors Stepanovs
3
GennariMirko Gennari
Substitution86
3
Vitālijs AstafjevsVitālijs Astafjevs (C)
4
S. BacciocchiSimone Bacciocchi
4
ZemļinskisMihails Zemļinskis
5
MatteoniIvan Matteoni (C)
5
KolesničenkoVladimirs Kolesničenko
Substitution57
6
GobbiLuca Gobbi
6
BlagonadeždinsOļegs Blagonadeždins
7
MuccioliRiccardo Muccioli
Yellow Card88
7
IsakovsAleksandrs Isakovs
8
Mic. MaraniMichele Marani
8
BleidelisImants Bleidelis
Substitution46
9
MontagnaPaolo Montagna
Substitution59
9
PaharsMarians Pahars
10
SelvaAndy Selva
10
RubinsAndrejs Rubins
11
VannucciDamiano Vannucci
11
VerpakovskisMāris Verpakovskis
Substitution63

Substitutes

12
CeccoliMichele Ceccoli (GK)
12
PiedelsAndrejs Piedels (GK)
13
Albani N.Nicola Albani
Substitution86
14
ProhorenkovsAndrejs Prohorenkovs
Substitution57
15
De LuigiMarco De Luigi
Substitution59
16
MiholapsMihails Miholaps
Substitution63
18
ZonziniErmanno Zonzini
17
ŠtolcersAndrejs Štolcers
Substitution46
14
G. BolliniGianluca Bollini
13
ZirnisDzintars Zirnis
16
MorettiLorenzo Moretti
15
LobaņovsValentīns Lobaņovs
17
R SelvaRoberto Selva
18
MorozsViktors Morozs

Coach

Giampaolo Mazza (SMR) Aleksandrs Starkovs (LVA)

Referee

Asim Khudiyev (AZE)

Assistant referees

Ramiz Asadov (AZE), Rufulla Karimov (AZE)

Fourth official

Imankhan Sultani (AZE)

Legend:

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