Introduction: San Marino’s Memorable Moments in Euro 2024 Qualifiers San Marino, a small European nation, may not have secured a first competitive win, but their journey in the Euro 2024 qualifiers will be remembered for some remarkable achievements.
Ending a Longstanding Drought The team ended a two-year scoring drought with a commendable performance against Denmark, despite a 2-1 loss, and followed it up by scoring against Kazakhstan. This marked their first back-to-back match scoring in 18 years, breaking a long-standing dry spell.
Historic Scoring Streak Against Finland In their latest match against Finland at the San Marino Stadium, Filippo Berardi’s 97th-minute penalty became a historic moment. For the first time, San Marino scored in three consecutive matches, a significant milestone for the team often considered an underdog in European football.
Finland’s Victory Secures Playoff Spot Despite San Marino’s valiant efforts, Finland’s Pyry Soiri emerged as a key player, scoring twice in the second half. His performance ensured Finland’s third-place finish in Group H and a spot in the play-offs for the Euro 2024 tournament in Germany.
San Marino’s Struggle for a Competitive Win San Marino’s journey in the qualifiers was marked by challenges, conceding 31 goals and still searching for their first competitive win. Their sole victory remains a 1-0 triumph over Liechtenstein in a 2004 friendly match.
FIFA World Ranking and Future Outlook Ranked last in FIFA’s world standings, San Marino’s record in Euro qualifiers shows a daunting history of 85 losses in 86 matches. Their only draw came against Estonia in 2014. Despite these statistics, the recent scoring achievements offer a glimmer of hope and a sign of progress for the national team.
A Step Forward for San Marino As San Marino reflects on their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign, their historic scoring streak stands out as a testament to their growing capabilities and resilience on the European football stage. While victories remain elusive, these small yet significant milestones hint at a brighter future for this determined team.