An excellent opportunity for just a second win in San Marino’s history presents itself to the worst-ranked team in the world on Tuesday 12 October, with fellow Andorran minnows visiting a deadly qualifying 2022 World Cup. Both sides have already seen any fleeting hope of qualification shattered after Saturday’s 5-0 defeats, with the hosts being outclassed by Poland while Andorra were overtaken by England. The kick-off of San Marino vs Andorra is scheduled for 20:45
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While goalkeeper Elia Benedettini may have been able to walk away with his head held high after making saves against Poland, San Marino once again had little to cheer in Warsaw when they lost their second consecutive 5-0 defeat in Group I. . Cristian Brolli turned into his own goal Karol Swiderski, Tomasz Kedziora, Adam Buksa and Krzysztof Piatek scored a simple win for Poland, with that result representing San Marino’s tenth defeat in all while since holding Gibraltar at zero deadlock networks in the Nations League last year. Unsurprisingly, bottom of the table with zero points and only one goal in its favor, the 210th ranked nation of the world will be happy to see the back of another qualifying campaign challenged, but still face two challenging challenges with Hungary and England. next month. San Marino has now scored 29 goals with an average of over four per game in 2022 World Cup qualifiers, but their latest home clash saw Nicola Nanni score a historic goal against Poland, and Tuesday’s match – unlike the others in the group – is definitely not a foregone conclusion.
After a fire at Andorra’s national stadium was spent the day before England’s visit, their World Cup hopes were also spent, as the Three Lions – despite expectations for the state of the plastic field – have marched to a 5-0 success. Ben Chilwell, Bukayo Saka, James Ward-Prowse, Tammy Abraham and Jack Grealish waved the net to appease away fans as Andorra saw another qualifying campaign fall apart, but Koldo Alvarez’s side still come out with your head held high. With just three points out of a possible 21 in Group G, the only goal left for Andorra, fifth in the standings, is not to be usurped by their midweek opponents, who can take confidence from the really bad shape of the away guests. In fact, Andorra have lost their last six away games in all of them – scoring at least two goals on each occasion – while they have only won two away games in their history, the most recent being against Liechtenstein in March 2018. Andorra’s victory in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup came at home against San Marino in September, when center-back Marc Vales scored two quick goals at 18 and 24 minutes to lead his team to a 2-0 victory. in front of a crowd of 1,400 people.
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San Marino had to do without striker Nicola Nanni for the crushing defeat to Poland, but the 21-year-old is reportedly ready for a quick squad recall here. Adolfo Hirsch could therefore leave the squad after just 45 minutes of Saturday’s match, while Andrea Grandoni could earn the start as left-back after Mirko Palazzi’s injury. David Tomassini is also pushing for a recall to the first XI for the away match in Andorra, with Luca Censoni’s midfield at risk after he too was hooked at half-time at the weekend. Andorra lost Christian Garcia and his replacement Ildefons Lima to injury in the defeat against England, with the latter – now 41 – retiring after a man 20 years his junior, Jadon Sancho, he overtook him in the second half. However, the guest ranks will at least be strengthened by the returns of Marcio Vieira, Moises San Nicolas and Albert Alavedra, all disqualified on Saturday night. Alavedra and San Nicolas could quickly be called back into defense after Garcia and Lima injuries, while Vieira’s experience with 107 appearances should come in handy when he returns to midfield.
Probable formations San Marino vs Andorra
Benedictines; Battistini, Simoncini, Fabbri, Grandoni; E. Golinucci, Tomassini, A. Golinucci; Mularoni, Nanni, Vitaioli
Gomes; Je. Rubio, Vales, Alavedra, Rebes, M. Garcia; Jo. Rubio, M. Vieira, X. Vieira, Martinez; Cuckoo
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