It’s a historic 0-0 against Gibraltar. For the first time, this Saturday, the national team of San Marino managed to chain a second official match in a row without losing. Obtained at home and counting for the fifth day of the League of Nations, this result comes after a other 0-0 obtained on October 13 on the Liechtenstein lawn. This small feat of the 210th nation in the FIFA rankings, which has only seen victory once since its debut, moved its defender Dante Rossi to tears.
“For me, it’s really a dream,” said the 33-year-old player at the microphone of national television, to the applause of the few people present at the stadium. “My family is happy, and so is my wife. Thank you to my teammates and my staff. We hope to stay here for a long time. I dedicate this draw to the whole country, which is small but has a big heart, to my family, to my wife and to all my companions “, also declared Dante Rossi who, overcome by the emotion, even apologized for having the voice quavering.
Most of the second half ten to eleven
Even if it is performed against Gibraltar, another small nation accustomed to defeats, the performance of San Marino is all the more remarkable because it was achieved outnumbered. Franco Varrella’s men were indeed ten against eleven, after the exclusion of captain Davide Simoncini in the 49th minute.
Despite 39% possession, the players of this tiny Republic locked inside Italy did not concede any shot on target on the opposing seven attempts. They didn’t do much better, however, with one in five shot to the frame triggered.
With seven points, Gibraltar remains at the top of Group 2 of this Part D of the League of Nations, reserved for the weakest European teams. Third behind Liechtenstein, San Marino still brings up the rear with this second point obtained. But the essential is elsewhere.