San Marino score in back-to-back games for first time in 18 years

San Marino scoring a goal used to be such a big deal that an England manager once thought he was cursed when he watched his team concede to the minnows.

Now it seems they simply can’t stop finding the net.

After ending their two-year goal drought in a credible 2-1 home defeat by Denmark in October, they’ve now done the unthinkable and scored again, in a 3-1 loss to Kazakhstan.

It is the first time since 2005 that San Marino have scored in successive competitive games.

Trailing 2-0 to Kazakhstan and in search of a way back into the game, Simone Franciosi bundled in from close range to give the visitors hope.

But Abat Aymbetov’s stoppage-time penalty ultimately condemned San Marino to another loss, leaving them 207th and last in Fifa’s world rankings.

It also means they are still yet to win a competitive game with their only victory a 1-0 success against Liechtenstein in a friendly in 2004.

San Marino have lost 84 of their 85 Euro qualifiers, with the only exception a goalless draw with Estonia in 2014.

They host Finland in their final Euro 2004 qualifier on Monday.

Line-ups

Kazakhstan

Formation 5-4-1

  • 12Shatskiy
  • 13KairovSubstituted forSkvortsovat 54′minutes
  • 2Maliy
  • 22Marochkin
  • 4BystrovSubstituted forErlanovat 54′minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 18DosmagambetovSubstituted forVorogovskiyat 62′minutes
  • 9Chesnokov
  • 21Beisebekov
  • 19ZuevSubstituted forTapalovat 74′minutes
  • 20OrazovSubstituted forKenesovat 55′minutesBooked at 63mins
  • 17Aymbetov

Substitutes

  • 1Shaizada
  • 3Skvortsov
  • 5Valiullin
  • 6Kassym
  • 7Darabayev
  • 8Sviridov
  • 10Shvyryov
  • 11Vorogovskiy
  • 14Kenesov
  • 15Ustimenko
  • 16Tapalov
  • 23Erlanov

San Marino

Formation 5-4-1

  • 23Benedettini
  • 8Battistini
  • 16FabbriBooked at 88mins
  • 13Di MaioSubstituted forFranciosiat 45′minutes
  • 11Rossi
  • 15Tosi
  • 17Golinucci
  • 19CapicchioniSubstituted forGolinucciat 90+4′minutes
  • 22MularoniBooked at 50minsSubstituted forLunadeiat 90+5′minutes
  • 20LazzariSubstituted forPancottiat 77′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9NanniSubstituted forVitaioliat 27′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Simoncini
  • 2D’Addario
  • 3Palazzi
  • 4Magi
  • 5Franciosi
  • 6Golinucci
  • 7Vitaioli
  • 10Tomassini
  • 12Benedettini
  • 14Zafferani
  • 18Pancotti
  • 21Lunadei

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Source: BBC