Football Euro 2024: in San Marino, Finland will pass in the second half (1-2). For Berardi, the historical network

PUSH San Marino National Team is showing up at the Stadium in the last match of the EURO 2024 qualifier against Finland thanks to his great performance against Kazakhstan. Compared to the game at the Astana Arena last Friday, Costantini has to change five elements due to penalties and injuries.

Start in favor of the Finns, now out of contention for qualification, but the Titans close well without conceding too much. San Marino emerge and try a free-kick from the left – where Franciosi’s goal in Astana came from – but no further luck. The best chance for the Scandinavians comes shortly after Galvez slips between the blue and white shirts and appears in front of Simoncini but the Cosmos goalkeeper – rather than Elia Benedettini – to the applause of the Stadium, he performs a great save. Finland have great possession but never really threaten themselves. The Titans are always precise in coverage and shortly after half an hour (35′) D’Addario – who replaces the suspended Fabbri – throws a ball and chain 20-30 meters before being brought down by Galvez and then booked. However, Tosi couldn’t find a teammate on the ensuing free kick. The Finns create little at halftime for an excellent score of 0-0 for the Titans from Costantini.

During the break, Finnish coach Kanerva will make changes, bringing in Venezia striker Johan Pohjanpal to create another offensive threat. But San Marino immediately had an opportunity Simone Franciosi takes advantage of the bank and fires powerfully from outside the box, but the ball ends up just over and the whole stadium is ready to celebrate.. But Finland somehow manage to pass and break the balance: Soiri emerged from a scrum in space and rippled the net. The Titans call for an attacking foul on Simoncini, but the VAR check says nothing and therefore everything stands.

The goal charges the Scandinavians, who shortly after the pass again: it is Soiri again who takes the suggestion from the left, controls the ball and with a precise low shot pierces Simoncini.

Finland pushes again and Teemu Pukki, the idol of the Scandinavian audience, also finds the net on the hour mark, but this time VAR disallows the goal for offside with the number ten. The Finns are not doing well and are approaching the third goal again, Hoskonen hit the bar with a great header. Despite a big recovery from the Scandinavians, the Titans have a good chance to be seen by opposition goalkeeper Sinisalo: good the action managed by Alessandro Golinucci, who reached the limit and served Tosiwinger Victor San Marino tries a cross which is too powerful and goes wide. However, Costantini’s boys are growing more and more and D’Addario’s cross arrives at the end, which is deflected into the corner. However, the decisive game comes on the recovery: Filippo Berardi falls in the area after contact, according to the referee it is a penalty kick. There is great anticipation in the stands, children are cheering for the young striker and many mobile phones are ready to capture the decisive moment. Berardi is cool and doesn’t make mistakes. History was made tonight at the stadium: never before had the Titans scored three consecutive goals. Costantini’s boys closed out their best qualifying group to applause in the best way possible. Next year will be fun with the League of Nations.


SAN MARINO (3-5-2)

Simoncini; Palazzi, Rossi (78′ Ma. Battistini), Franciosi; Tosi, Mularoni (78′ Zafferani), Capicchioni, A. Golinucci, D’Addario; Lazzari (90+1 Magi), Vitaioli (61′ Berardi).

Available: E. Bendettini, S. Benedettini, E. Golinucci, F. Tomassini, Grandoni, Brolli, Pancotti, Lunadei.

Coach: Fabrizio Costantini

FINLAND (4-3-3)

Sinisalo; Galvez, R. Jensen, Soiri (70′ Uronen), Hoskonen; Kamara (70′ Kairinen), Taylor, Lod (46′ Pohjanpalo); Lingman, Pukki (78′ F. Jensen), Hakans (70′ Kallman)

Available: Hradecky, Keto, Ivanov, Tenho, Schüller, Alho, Pallas

Coach: Markka Kanerva

Referee: Manfredas Lukjančukas (LTU)

Assistants: Mangirdas Mirauskas (LTU) and Aleksandras Stepanovas (LTU)

Fourth referee: Mindaugas Jackus (LTU)

VAR: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)

Assistant VAR: Erwin Blank (NED)

Enrolled: Vitaioli, Tosi, Capicchioni, Ma. Battistini, Zafferani; R. Jensen, Galvez

Scorers: 50′ and 58′ Soiri, 90+7′ per. Berardi

Notes: 1426 viewers

In the photo: Berardi’s goal

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