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San Marino succumb to Lithuania

Published: Monday 8 September 2014, 22.43CET
San Marino 0-2 Lithuania
Deivydas Matulevičius and Arvydas Novikovas scored but chances were missed as the visitors found their footing in qualifying Group E.
by Vaidotas Januška
from San Marino Stadium

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Match statistics

San MarinoLithuania

Goals scored0
2
Possession (%)34
 
66
Total attempts1
 
13
on target0
5
off target1
 
6
blocked0
2
against woodwork0
1
Corners2
 
5
Offsides1
 
3
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
16
Fouls suffered15
 
15

Standings

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Published: Monday 8 September 2014, 22.43CET

San Marino succumb to Lithuania

San Marino 0-2 Lithuania
Deivydas Matulevičius and Arvydas Novikovas scored but chances were missed as the visitors found their footing in qualifying Group E.

• Deivydas Matulevičius scores early but misses two further chances
• Arvydas Novikovas hits Lithuania's second before half-time
• Four Lithuania players make competitive debuts
• San Marino without a goal in 12 UEFA European Championship matches
• Next games: England v San Marino, Lithuania v Estonia (9 October)

Lithuania made a comfortable, if unspectacular, start to their UEFA EURO 2016 Group E campaign, first-half goals from Deivydas Matulevičius and Arvydas Novikovas enough to quell San Marino.

The Lithuanians had to work hard for a 1-0 win here the last time they visited in 2004, but an early strike put them at their ease in Serravalle, and the only concern for coach Igoris Pankratjevas was that his side failed to add to their tally after the interval, San Marino having failed to trouble visiting goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis.

A substantial victory looked to be in the offing as – not for the first time in recent games – Mindaugas Kalonas's ball into the box was tidied away by big CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu forward Matulevičius. Kalonas and Matulevičius both passed up chances to extend that fifth-minute advantage, and Aldo Simoncini saved from Novikovas's right-footed shot before the Germany-based winger made it 2-0, curling the ball in with his left foot after a tidy flick from Georgas Freidgeimas.

However, that was to be the end of the scoring. Kalonas, Novikovas and Karolis Chvedukas all missed the target from decent positions in the second period. They will seek to sharpen their shooting for when Lithuania take on Baltic rivals Estonia in their next Group E fixture on 9 October.

Last updated: 03/06/15 4.53CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013826/postmatch/report/index.html#lithuanias+winning+start

Lineups

San Marino

San Marino

Lithuania

Lithuania

1
A. SimonciniAldo Simoncini (GK)
1
ArlauskisGiedrius Arlauskis (GK)
2
Manuel BattistiniManuel Battistini
Yellow Card72
3
FreidgeimasGeorgas Freidgeimas
3
HirschJosé Hirsch
Substitution75
4
KijanskasTadas Kijanskas (C)
5
BrolliCristian Brolli
5
SlavickasVaidas Slavickas
6
D. SimonciniDavide Simoncini
6
ŽaliukasMarius Žaliukas
7
M. VitaioliMatteo Vitaioli
9
MatulevičiusDeivydas Matulevičius
Goal5
Substitution86
8
BoniniGiovanni Bonini
Substitution87
10
KalonasMindaugas Kalonas
10
SelvaAndy Selva (C)
11
NovikovasArvydas Novikovas
Goal36
15
TosiLuca Tosi
Substitution55
15
ChvedukasKarolis Chvedukas
20
A. GasperoniAlex Gasperoni
Yellow Card45+1
18
PankaMindaugas Panka
Substitution66
22
F. VitaioliFabio Vitaioli
22
ČernychFiodor Černych
Substitution90

Substitutes

12
S. BenedettiniSimone Benedettini (GK)
12
ZubasEmilijus Zubas (GK)
23
F. ValentiniFederico Valentini (GK)
21
ČerniauskasVytautas Černiauskas (GK)
4
MazzaPier Filippo Mazza
2
VičiusGediminas Vičius
Substitution66
Yellow Card90
9
StefanelliMattia Stefanelli
Substitution75
7
ŽulpaArtūras Žulpa
11
BerrettiMaicol Berretti
8
VaitkūnasEgidijus Vaitkūnas
13
Alex Della ValleAlex Della Valle
13
MikoliūnasSaulius Mikoliūnas
14
CervelliniMichele Cervellini
Substitution55
Yellow Card85
14
ValskisNerijus Valskis
16
L. GasperoniLorenzo Gasperoni
16
BeniušisRičardas Beniušis
17
BianchiAlessandro Bianchi
17
KuklysMantas Kuklys
Substitution90
18
E. GolinucciEnrico Golinucci
19
StankevičiusSimonas Stankevičius
Substitution86
19
BuscariniLorenzo Buscarini
Substitution87
20
BorovskijValdemar Borovskij
21
C. ValentiniCarlo Valentini
23
AndriuškevičiusVytautas Andriuškevičius

Coach

Pierangelo Manzaroli (SMR) Igoris Pankratjevas (LTU)

Referee

Libor Kovařik (CZE)

Assistant referees

Jiří Moláček (CZE), Krystof Mencl (CZE)

Fourth official

Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Miroslav Zelinka (CZE), Radek Příhoda (CZE)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution