In an exhilarating European Championship qualifying match, San Marino played host to Denmark at the Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle. Both teams were hungry for a pivotal victory, but it was Denmark’s clinical performance that ultimately made the difference.
The match began with both teams displaying determination and resilience. San Marino aimed to pose challenges for the Danes, but Denmark‘s quality play shone through. In the 42nd minute, Denmark’s R. Højlund broke the deadlock with a close-range strike, putting the visitors in the lead. The first half concluded with Denmark ahead 1-0.
San Marino’s Fightback
At the start of the second half, San Marino made quick substitutions to infuse new energy into their team. A. D’Addario and M. Battistini entered the game in the 55th minute with hopes of altering the course of the match. Their efforts paid off as A. Golinucci, displaying great composure in front of the goal, equalized the score in the 61st minute. However, Denmark wasted no time in responding.
In the 70th minute, J. Poulsen reestablished Denmark’s lead through a well-executed team combination, maintaining control of the match with a score of 2-1 in Denmark’s favor. As the match progressed, both teams made substitutions to keep their squads fresh and maintain momentum. San Marino introduced M. Cevoli and L. Lazzari in the 74th and 75th minutes, while Denmark also made changes, with J. Lindstrom, M. Davidson, and M. Lazzari taking the field during the same period. Further substitutions included Lindstrom, M. Daramy, and E. Jelert in the 62nd minute, replacing J. Lindstrom, M. Daramy, and E. Jelert. The intensity of the game led to a series of yellow cards, with Denmark’s J. Andersen cautioned in the 65th minute, followed by J. Andersen again and San Marino’s F. Fabbri in the 70th minute. Additionally, Danish team player R. Høylund was suspended in the 70th minute.
Late Drama and Victory
As the match entered its final phase, San Marino sought opportunities to level the score, while Denmark maintained a confident defense. In the 88th minute, San Marino made their last substitution, replacing F. Fabbri with S. Franciosi. R. Di Maio of San Marino received a yellow card in the 88th minute. Denmark made two late substitutions in the 90th minute, with M. Jensen replacing R. Højlund and J. Maele replacing R. Christensen. Towards the end of the match, San Marino’s M. Mularoni also received a warning. In the end, Denmark held onto their advantage, securing a hard-fought victory with a final score of 2-1.
Denmark’s resolute performance in the closing moments proved pivotal in this match. This win will provide Denmark with a significant boost in their quest for Euro qualification, while San Marino can take pride in their fighting spirit despite the defeat. Both teams now turn their attention to upcoming matches as they continue their pursuit of European glory.
In the next round, both teams will face the following opponents: Kazakhstan vs. San Marino and Denmark vs. Slovenia.