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Spalvis rescues Lithuania after San Marino scare

Published: Tuesday 8 September 2015, 22.44CET
Lithuania 2-1 San Marino
Lukas Spalvis's added-time winner broke San Marino hearts as the visitors were denied a second-ever competitive away draw.

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Match statistics

LithuaniaSan Marino

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)65
 
35
Total attempts20
 
1
on target8
 
1
off target9
 
0
blocked3
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners7
 
0
Offsides3
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red Cards1
 
1
Fouls committed17
 
20
Fouls suffered20
 
15

Standings

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Published: Tuesday 8 September 2015, 22.44CET

Spalvis rescues Lithuania after San Marino scare

Lithuania 2-1 San Marino
Lukas Spalvis's added-time winner broke San Marino hearts as the visitors were denied a second-ever competitive away draw.

  • 92nd-minute Lukas Spalvis goal snatches late win for Lithuania
  • San Marino end run of 34 competitive away matches without scoring
  • Thumping Matteo Vitaioli free-kick is visitors' first on travels since 2001
  • Hosts three points off third-placed Slovenia
  • Next games: Slovenia v Lithuania, Switzerland v San Marino (9 October)

San Marino scored in a competitive away fixture for the first time in over 14 years yet still suffered defeat thanks to Lukas Spalvis's stoppage-time decider in this UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group E contest.

Matteo Vitaioli notched what was only the visitors' fifth-ever competitive away goal to bring the scores level following Fiodor Černych's early opener for the hosts. Pierangelo Manzaroli's men therefore looked set for just a second-ever competitive away draw until Spalvis touched in a late winner to keep Lithuania in with an outside chance of a play-off spot. 

Against opponents who had lost their last 34 competitive away games it was no surprise to see the home side start on top and San Marino goalkeeper Elia Benedettini had already repelled an Arvydas Novikovas free-kick before Černych's seventh-minute opener. It came from a sweetly timed volley from a corner which the No22 caught perfectly for the ball to whistle into the net.

Novikovas and Černych both headed over good chances to double the lead before Spalvis should have done far better when sent clean through. It appeared only a matter of time before a second arrived as Benedettini excellently denied Černych at the end of the first period, yet the match took a twist in the 50th minute when home keeper Giedrius Arlauskis brought down Danilo Rinaldi and received a red card.

Vitaioli lined up the resulting free-kick and crashed his effort through the wall and into the net to score his country's first competitive away goal since April 2001.

Despite being down to ten Lithuania roared back and Benedettini needed to be at his best to rebuff fierce attempts from both Novikovas and Linas Pilibaitis. The late sending-off of Nicola Chiaruzzi brought further pressure on the visiting goal and Spalvis snatched all three points for Igoris Pankratjevas's team when he knocked in an inswinging Novikovas cross to prevent San Marino from avoiding defeat for just the second time in a competitive away fixture.

Last updated: 10/12/15 12.05CET

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Lineups

Lithuania

Lithuania

San Marino

San Marino

1
ArlauskisGiedrius Arlauskis (GK) (C)
Red Card50
1
E. BenedettiniElia Benedettini (GK)
2
KlimavičiusLinas Klimavičius
2
Manuel BattistiniManuel Battistini
Yellow Card26
3
FreidgeimasGeorgas Freidgeimas
3
PalazziMirko Palazzi
5
SlavickasVaidas Slavickas
Substitution73
4
F. VitaioliFabio Vitaioli
6
ŽaliukasMarius Žaliukas
5
Ales. Della ValleAlessandro Della Valle (C)
11
NovikovasArvydas Novikovas
Yellow Card60
6
BrolliCristian Brolli
Yellow Card66
14
PilibaitisLinas Pilibaitis
Substitution82
7
M. VitaioliMatteo Vitaioli
Goal55
Substitution80
16
SlivkaVykintas Slivka
Substitution53
8
L. GasperoniLorenzo Gasperoni
Substitution68
17
ŽulpaArtūras Žulpa
9
StefanelliMattia Stefanelli
Yellow Card40
Substitution73
19
SpalvisLukas Spalvis
Yellow Card83
Goal90+2
10
ChiaruzziNicola Chiaruzzi
Yellow Card67
Red Card88
22
ČernychFiodor Černych
Goal7
11
D. RinaldiDanilo Rinaldi

Substitutes

12
ZubasEmilijus Zubas (GK)
12
G. MuracciniGiacomo Muraccini (GK)
21
ČerniauskasVytautas Černiauskas (GK)
Substitution53
23
ManzaroliAndrea Manzaroli (GK)
4
KijanskasTadas Kijanskas
13
BerardiMarco Berardi
7
D. ČesnauskisDeividas Česnauskis
14
BerrettiMaicol Berretti
Substitution68
8
VaitkūnasEgidijus Vaitkūnas
15
BuscariniLorenzo Buscarini
9
MatulevičiusDeivydas Matulevičius
Substitution73
16
Alex Della ValleAlex Della Valle
10
LukšaVytautas Lukša
17
E. GolinucciEnrico Golinucci
13
MikoliūnasSaulius Mikoliūnas
18
HirschJosé Hirsch
Substitution73
15
ChvedukasKarolis Chvedukas
Substitution82
19
MazzaPier Filippo Mazza
18
PankaMindaugas Panka
20
SelvaAndy Selva
Substitution80
20
BartkusAndrius Bartkus
21
GolinucciAlessandro Golinucci
23
PetravičiusDeimantas Petravičius
22
C. ValentiniCarlo Valentini

Coach

Igoris Pankratjevas (LTU) Pierangelo Manzaroli (SMR)

Referee

Clayton Pisani (MLT)

Assistant referees

Alan Camilleri (MLT), Edward Spiteri (MLT)

Fourth official

Duncan Sultana (MLT)

Additional assistant referees

Alan Mario Sant (MLT), Marco Borg (MLT)

Legend:

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