San Marino are still without a first competitive win, but their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign will be remembered for several other memorable firsts.
Then, on Tuesday at San Marino stadium, Filippo Berardi’s 97th-minute penalty against Finland marked the first time in their history the minnows have scored in three consecutive matches.
Finland midfielder Pyry Soiri opened the scoring in the 50th minute after San Marino had managed to hold them to 0-0 at half-time.
Soiri added a second eight minutes later to ensure Finland finished third in Group H and secured progression to the play-offs for next year’s tournament in Germany.
San Marino conceded 31 goals in their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign and are still yet to win a competitive game, with their only victory a 1-0 success against Liechtenstein in a friendly in 2004.
They sit last in Fifa’s world rankings, having lost 85 of their 86 Euro qualifiers, with the only exception a goalless draw with Estonia in 2014.
- 11RossiSubstituted forBattistiniat 78′minutesBooked at 90mins
- 15TosiBooked at 56mins
- 19CapicchioniBooked at 68mins
- 22MularoniSubstituted forZafferaniat 78′minutesBooked at 90mins
- 20LazzariSubstituted forMagiat 90+2′minutes
- 7VitaioliBooked at 24minsSubstituted forBerardiat 62′minutes
- 13SoiriSubstituted forUronenat 71′minutes
- 3JensenBooked at 90mins
- 16GalvezBooked at 35mins
- 6KamaraSubstituted forKairinenat 70′minutes
- 8LodSubstituted forPohjanpaloat 45′minutes
- 10PukkiSubstituted forJensenat 79′minutes
- 21HåkansSubstituted forKällmanat 71′minutes
- Manfredas Lukjancukas
Match ends, San Marino 1, Finland 2.
Second Half ends, San Marino 1, Finland 2.
Goal! San Marino 1, Finland 2. Filippo Berardi (San Marino) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Richard Jensen (Finland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Penalty conceded by Richard Jensen (Finland) after a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty San Marino. Filippo Berardi draws a foul in the penalty area.
Tommaso Zafferani (San Marino) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Robert Taylor (Finland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tommaso Zafferani (San Marino).
Corner, San Marino. Conceded by Richard Jensen.
Attempt blocked. Alessandro D’Addario (San Marino) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lorenzo Capicchioni.
Foul by Jere Uronen (Finland).
Alessandro Golinucci (San Marino) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, San Marino. Andrea Magi replaces Lorenzo Lazzari.
Manuel Battistini (San Marino) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Attempt blocked. Lucas Lingman (Finland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Alessandro Tosi (San Marino) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Alessandro Golinucci.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match because of an injury Aldo Simoncini (San Marino).
Foul by Joel Pohjanpalo (Finland).