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Latvia cruise into clear lead

Published: Wednesday 30 April 2003, 23.12CET
Latvia 3-0 San Marino Latvia go three points clear at the top of UEFA EURO 2004™ Group 4.

Match statistics

LatviaSan Marino

Goals scored3
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Wednesday 30 April 2003, 23.12CET

Latvia cruise into clear lead

Latvia 3-0 San Marino Latvia go three points clear at the top of UEFA EURO 2004™ Group 4.

Latvia went three points clear of Poland at the top of UEFA EURO 2004™ Group 4 on Wednesday with a comprehensive 3-0 victory against San Marino at the Skonto stadium.

Emphatic win
Latvia had only managed a 1-0 win last November away against the Sanmarinese - who have failed to win any of their 29 UEFA European Championship qualifying matches to date - but they made considerably lighter work of Giampaolo Mazza's side on home territory, securing victory thanks to two goals from Imants Bleidelis and another from Andrejs Prohorenkovs.

Bright start
San Marino, though, enjoyed the brighter start in Riga's afternoon sun and the visitors crafted two early chances; Federico Valentini's swerving shot from just outside the box landed on the roof of the Latvian net before striker Andy Selva broke clear down the right only for his shot to sail over the bar.

Quality goals
Latvia soaked up the pressure and took the lead in the ninth minute. Andrejs Rubins fed Prohorenkovs and the striker's lob left goalkeeper Federico Gasperoni with no chance. Ten minutes later, Jurijs Laizans picked out Bleidelis with a lofted crossfield ball, the midfield player exchanging passes with Prohorenkovs before slotting in his side's second at the far post.

Selva threat
Any threat from the visitors stemmed from the busy Andy Selva. He forced a decent save from Latvia goalkeeper Aleksandrs Kolinko in the 32nd minute and was brought down on the edge of the box on the cusp of half-time after carving an opening through midfield. The free-kick came to nothing.

Muted affair
The second half was a more muted affair as Latvia decided against rushing forward in search of more goals however much the contented fans drove them on and the band played. Coach Aleksandrs Starkovs had clearly told his charges to patrol their lines and hold firm at the interval.

Power and placement
Although Latvia were defensive, any more goals seemed certain to be theirs, and so it proved. Bleidelis collected an angled crossfield ball from Rubins on the right of the box after 74 minutes and blended power and placement to irresistible effect to seal a comfortable victory.

Next fixtures
Latvia will need to work harder for their three points next time out against Hungary on 7 June, while San Marino will take their search for a maiden European qualifying triumph to Sweden the same day.

Last updated: 01/05/03 0.56CET

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Lineups

Latvia

Latvia

San Marino

San Marino

1
KoļinkoAleksandrs Koļinko (GK)
1
F GasperoniFederico Gasperoni (GK)
2
StepanovsIgors Stepanovs
2
C. ValentiniCarlo Valentini
3
ZirnisDzintars Zirnis
3
GennariMirko Gennari
Substitution77
4
ZemļinskisMihails Zemļinskis (C)
4
S. BacciocchiSimone Bacciocchi
5
LaizānsJuris Laizāns
5
MatteoniIvan Matteoni (C)
6
ProhorenkovsAndrejs Prohorenkovs
Goal10
6
Albani N.Nicola Albani
7
IsakovsAleksandrs Isakovs
Yellow Card86
7
MuccioliRiccardo Muccioli
Yellow Card35
Substitution90
8
BleidelisImants Bleidelis
Goal21
Goal74
Substitution85
8
Mic. MaraniMichele Marani
9
VerpakovskisMāris Verpakovskis
Substitution60
9
MontagnaPaolo Montagna
Substitution65
10
RubinsAndrejs Rubins
10
SelvaAndy Selva
11
MiholapsMihails Miholaps
Substitution79
11
VannucciDamiano Vannucci

Substitutes

12
PiedelsAndrejs Piedels (GK)
12
ZanottiAlex Zanotti (GK)
13
DobrecovsViktors Dobrecovs
Substitution85
13
De LuigiMarco De Luigi
Substitution65
17
ŠtolcersAndrejs Štolcers
Substitution79
15
B. GasperoniBrian Gasperoni
Substitution90
18
RimkusVīts Rimkus
Substitution60
16
MorettiLorenzo Moretti
Substitution77
14
LobaņovsValentīns Lobaņovs
14
UgoliniAndrea Ugolini
15
KolesničenkoVladimirs Kolesničenko
17
NanniLuca Nanni
16
GrebisKristaps Grebis
18
R SelvaRoberto Selva

Coach

Aleksandrs Starkovs (LVA) Giampaolo Mazza (SMR)

Referee

Hubert Byrne (IRL)

Assistant referees

Ciaran Delaney (IRL), Edward Foley (IRL)

Fourth official

Paul Mckeon (IRL)

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