San Marino netted their inaugural competitive goal in a biennium but could not retain it to secure points against Denmark in their Euro 2024 qualifying encounter. Rasmus Hojlund, the forward of Manchester United, initiated the scoring for Denmark, a semifinalist in Euro 2020. Nonetheless, the 61st-minute equalizer from Alessandro Golinucci triggered extravagant jubilation from the host squad.
Nevertheless, the underdogs, San Marino, were unable to preserve their lead, as Yussuf Poulsen’s headed goal edged Denmark closer to qualification. The Danish team maintains their second position in Group H and could potentially secure qualification by besting Slovenia in their upcoming fixture.
San Marino’s record in Euro qualifiers now stands at 83 losses out of 84, with the sole exception being a goalless stalemate against Estonia in 2014. While this squad, ranked 207th in the global standings, won’t be gracing the tournament in Germany next year, Golinucci’s volitional strike elicited euphoric revelry from a squad that has suffered defeat in all eight of their Euro 2024 qualifiers thus far.
Golinucci glided across the pitch as his compatriots, including those on the bench, congregated to heap accolades upon their goal-scorer. This goal signifies San Marino’s first in a European qualifying match in four years, spanning a dozen matches, and their inaugural competitive goal since Nicola Nanni’s consolation during a 7-1 drubbing by Poland in a World Cup qualifier in 2021.
Home Team: Marino Away Team: Denmark Possession: Marino – 18% Denmark – 82% Shots: Marino – 5 Denmark – 10 Shots on Target: Marino – 2 Denmark – 4 Corners: Marino – 3 Denmark – 6 Fouls: Marino – 14 Denmark – 10″