San Marino go two unbeaten for first time – after losing 147 of first 150 games


San Marino are used to making history for all the wrong reasons, but they set a record to celebrate on Saturday.

The principality earned a 0-0 draw at home to Gibraltar to go unbeaten in back-to-back competitive matches for the first time.

Perennial whipping boys in UEFA competition, San Marino have now secured consecutive goalless draws against Liechtenstein and Gibraltar in Nations League Group D2.

Franco Varrella’s side held firm at the Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle despite seeing captain Davide Simoncini sent off for a high tackle on Graeme Torrilla in the 49th minute.

They stopped Gibraltar registering a shot on target despite the visitors having 63 per cent of possession.

San Marino have now kept clean sheets in their past two games, as many as they managed in their first 150 competitive outings, during which they suffered 147 defeats and conceded 669 goals.

They have earned five points across the Nations League and qualifying campaigns for the European Championship and World Cup, with Turkey, Latvia and Estonia the other teams they held.

San Marino’s only international victory was a 1-0 success in a friendly against Liechtenstein in April 2004.



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