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FINAL MEETING vs. SAN MARINO
  Monday, 15 November 2021
2022 FIFA World Cup UEFA Group I qualification match


San Marino 0 England 10 [0-6]
 
 
San Marino Stadium, Via Rancaglia, Serravalle
Kick-off (CET): 8.45pm 7.45pm GMT
Attendance: 2,775
Nicola Nanni kicked off
after 'taking the knee'
93 minutes 47:02 & 46:08















England's 400th WC goal
[0-1] Harry Maguire header 6 5:03
powerful header from 8 yards to right of goal from an outswinging Phil Foden corner
[0-2] Filippo Fabbri own goal 15 14:36
deflected Bukayo Saka's right-footed 15-yard tame shot past his own goalkeeper from 8 yards
[0-3] Harry Kane penalty 27 26:07
powerful right-footed penalty straight down the middle sending the keeper the wrong way
(Rossi handball 22:58; awarded 25:06)
VAR checked: penalty awarded for handball
[0-4] Harry Kane 31 30:57
left-footed miskicked volley from 12 yards trickled low to the right side of the goal out of keeper's reach from an Emile Smith Rowe pass
[0-5] Harry Kane penalty 39 38:34 HAT-TRICK
powerful right-footed penalty into the top left corner as keeper went the right way
(D'Addario handball 36:57 awarded 37:00)
[0-6] Harry Kane 42 41:05
dribbled his way through the penalty area to place his shot from 9 yds with his right foot to far corner



Dante Rossi sent off 68:
ten men

150th goal in the Southgate era
[0-7] Emile Smith Rowe 58 57:18
right-footed strike from 12 yards after Tammy Abraham flicked on Saka's thro' ball

[0-8] Tyrone Mings header 69 68:24
headed into the far corner from ten yards a Trent Alexander-Arnold freekick outside the penalty area
Conor Gallagher strike hits post 70:23
Jude Bellingham scores 70:31
VAR checked: disallowed goal for foul
Ben Chilwell strike hits crossbar 76:08
[0-9] Tammy Abraham 78 77:19
neat turn and low right-footed shot into far corner from 12 yds from a Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross from the right
[0-10] Bukayo Saka header 79 78:50
rises unmarked to head in from 4 yards another Trent Alexander-Arnold cross
Tammy Abraham header scores 81:09: disallowed: foul
Fabio Tomassini 16 15:45
Dante Rossi 26 25:33
Alessandro D'Addario 38 37:09
 
Manuel Battistini 54 53:40
Dante Rossi 67 66:59


Tammy Abraham 73 72:21
Expulsion: Dante Rossi 68 67:04
 
Commentator: Sam Matterface with Lee Dixon
 
"COOL 4 QATS" Daily Mirror
Officials (black) from Slovenia San Marino Squad Type England Squad
Referee
Rade Obrenović
31 (28 July 1990)
, FIFA listed 2017.
2 Goal Attempts 22
1 Attempts on Target 13
Assistant Referees 0 Hit Bar/Post 2
Grega Kordež
(1982), Ljubljana
Aleksandar Kasapovič 1 Corner Kicks Won 4
Fourth official
Asmir Sagrković

 
FIFA Referee Assessor - Haim Jakov, Israel
FIFA Match Commissioner - Arturs Gaidels
, Latvia
0 Offside Calls Against 0
11 Fouls Conceded 8
15.3% Possession 84.7%

  
Video Assistant Officials from Slovenia  
Slavko Vinčić
41 (25 November 1979)
, Maribor, FIFA listed 2010.
Assistant VAR official - Jure Prapotnik
San Marino Team
 
Rank: FIFA (21st Oct 2021) 210th
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating
209th
Colours: Limited edition 90th anniversary uniform made by Macron - Orange wing-collared jerseys with white collar/cuffs/sidetrim, and raspberry red lower half, separated by a white diagonal band, raspberry shorts with orange side trim, raspberry socks with two white hoops on top.
Capt: Manuel Battistini Manager: Franco Varrella, 68 (25 January 1953 in Italy), appointed 15 January 2018.
34th match, W 0 - D 2 - L 32 - F - A
San Marino Lineup
1 Benedettini, Elia 26
146 days
22 June 1995 G Cesena FC, Italy 30 0
22 Battistini, Manuel 27
116 days
22 July 1994 RD SS Virtus, on loan from AC Juvenes/Dogana
43 0
54th min. for lunging in on Emile Smith Rowe near the touchline.
     
16 Fabbri, Filippo 19
312 days
7 January 2002 CD Forli FC, Italy, on loan from Cesena FC, Italy 11 0
57th own goal scored for England - youngest
     
6 Rossi, Dante C. 34
126 days
12 July 1987
in Pergamino Partido, Argentina
LD
 
 

 
ASD Città di Foligno 1928, Italy
 
 

 
15
 
 

 
0
 
 

 
24th expulsion vs. England
26th min. for handball when appealing Foden's volley. PENALTY SUSPENDED
     
68th min. for bringing down a sprinting Conor Gallagher outside the box
     
7 Tomassini, Fabio R., off 46th min. 25
283 days
5 February 1996 RM
 
SS Pennarossa
 
27
 
0
 
16th min. for pulling on the shirt of Phil Foden on the touchline. SUSPENDED
     
5 Lunadei, Lorenzo 24
126 days
12 July 1997 RDM AS San Giovanni 26 0
8 Golinucci, Enrico 30
122 days
16 July 1991 DM SS Folgore Falciano Calcio 35 0
11 Mularoni, Marcello 23
68 days
8 September 1998 LDM SP La Fiorita 26 0
2 D'Addario, Alessandro, off 46th min. 24
67 days
9 September 1997 LM
 
SP Tre Fiori
 
14
 
0
 
37th min. for handball for stopping Harry Kane's header. PENALTY
     
19 Nanni, Nicola 21
197 days
2 May 2000 RF Lucchese 1905, Italy 24 1
20 Hirsch, Adolfo J., off 46th min. 35
288 days
31 January 1986
in Pergamino Partido, Argentina
LF SS Pennarossa 48 0
San Marino Substitutes
scoreline: San Marino 0 England 6
5 Censoni, Luca, on 46th min. for D'Addario 25
120 days
18 July 1996 M SP Tre Fiori 7 0
10 Vitaioli, Matteo, on 46th min. for Tomassini 32
19 days
27 October 1989 F SS Pennarossa 71 1
17 Golinucci, Alessandro, on 46th min. for Hirsch 27
36 days
10 October 1994 M SS Virtus 28 0
scoreline: San Marino 0 England 8
13 Grandoni, Andrea, on 74th min. (73:38) for Lunadei 24
237 days
23 March 1997 D SP La Fiorita 28 0
scoreline: San Marino 0 England 10
15 Conti, Giacomo, on 81st min. (80:01) for Fabbri 22
117 days
21 July 1999 CD AS San Giovanni 5 0
result: San Marino 0 England 10
unused substitutes: 4-David Tomassini, 9-Kevin Zonzini, 12-Simone Benedettini, 14-Tommaso Zafferani, 18-Luca Ceccaroli, 22-Michael Battistini, 23-Eugenio Marconi.
team notes: Enrico and Alessandro Golinucci are brothers, as are Manuel and Michael Battistini. Elia and Simone Benedettini are cousins.
records: San Marino have lost their previous 36 WCP/ECP matches, scoring five goals, conceding 173.
They have also lost 37 of their 38 home World Cup qualifiers, losing the last 36, scoring seven, conceding 156. They last avoided defeat at home in March 1993 in a 0-0 draw with Turkey in Serravalle.
Of the 56 own goals scored in favour of England, Filippo Fabbri is the first teenager and, therefore, the youngest to score an own goal.
 
3-5-2 Benedettini -
Battistini, Fabbri (Conti), Rossi -
Tomassini (Vitaioli), Lunadei (Grandoni), E.Golinucci, Mularoni, D'Addario (Censoni)-
Nanni, Hirsh (A.Golinucci)
Averages (Starting XI): Age 26 years 220 days Appearances/Goals 27.2 0.1
 
England Team
 
Rank: FIFA (21st Oct 2021) 5th
EFO ranking Group One (3rd)
ELO rating 7th to 6th
Colours: The Nike 2020 home shirt - White crew-necked jerseys with navy blue collar and side trim, white shorts with dark blue side stripe, white socks.
Capt: Harry Kane ⁴⁰
44th, W 27 - D 9 - L 7 - F 105 - A 32
Conor Coady 61:30
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 51 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
68th match, W 43 - D 14 - L 10 - F 152 - A 42 - fortieth clean sheet
England Lineup
116 1 Ramsdale, Aaron C. 23
185 days
14 May 1998 GK Arsenal FC 1 0ᵍᵃ
1265 67th Arsenal player to represent England only app 2021
2
Alexander-Arnold, Trent J. 23
39 days
7 October 1998 RWB
/RB
Liverpool FC 16 1
final app 2018-21
3
Saka, Bukayo A.T.M. 20
71 days
5 September 2001 LWB
/RM
Arsenal FC 14 3
final app 2020-21
4
Maguire, J. Harry, off 46th min. 28
255 days
5 March 1993 RD Manchester United FC 41 7
final app 2017-21
5 Coady, Conor D. 28
265 days
23 February 1993 CD Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 8 1
final app 2021
6
Mings, Tyrone D. 28
247 days
13 March 1993 LD/CD Aston Villa FC 16 1
final app 2020-21
7 Phillips, Kalvin M., off 46th min. 25
348 days
2 December 1995 LDM Leeds United AFC 19 0
final app 2020-21
8 Bellingham, Jude V.W. 18
139 days
29 June 2003 RDM
/CM/RM
BSV Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany 10 0
second youngest to ten appearances final app 2020-21
9 Kane, Harry E., off 62nd min 28
110 days
28 July 1993 CF/RF Tottenham Hotspur FC 67 48

98th-99th penalty-kick scored (135-136)
the 90th (53rd post-war) hattrick scored
final app 2017-21
       
10
Foden, Philip W., off 46th min. 21
171 days
28 May 2000 RF Manchester City FC 13 2
final app 2020-21
11
Smith Rowe, Emile, off 73rd min. 21
110 days
28 July 2000 LF/LM Arsenal FC 2 1
final app 2021
England Substitutes
scoreline: San Marino 0 England 6
12 Chilwell, Benjamin J., on 46th min. for Maguire 24
329 days
21 December 1996 LB/
LWB
Chelsea FC 17 15 1
2
final app 2018-21
17
Bakumo-Abraham, K.O. Tamaraebi, on 46th min. for Foden 24
44 days
2 October 1997 LF

 
AS Roma, Italy

 
10 2 3

 
8
   
73rd min. after VAR judged that he had fouled Lorenzo Lunadei in the area    
100th goal by a substitute     final app 2019-21
       
1266 18 Gallagher, Conor J., on 46th min. for Phillips 21
282 days
6 February 2000 RCM
/LM
Crystal Palace FC, on loan from Chelsea FC 1 0
fifteenth Palace player to represent England only app 2021
scoreline: San Marino 0 England 7
14 James, Reece T., on 62nd min. (61:59) for Kane 21
342 days
8 December 1999 CM Chelsea FC 10 6 0
4
final app 2021
scoreline: San Marino 0 England 8
16 Stones, John, on 73rd min. (72:54) for Smith Rowe 27
171 days
28 May 1994 RD Manchester City FC 55 50 3
5
final app 2014-21
result: San Marino 0 England 10
unused substitutes: 13-Sam Johnstone, 15-Kyle Walker, 22-Jordan Pickford.
team notes: Conor Gallagher is the fiftieth different player to have earned an England debut under Gareth Southgate.
Wayne Rooney was 18 years 117 days when he made his tenth England appearance.
hat-trick records: Harry Kane's fifth hattrick puts him =2nd in the all time hattricks list & =3rd in the goalscoring charts.
In all his five hattricks, he has been replaced shortly after, making him the most replaced hatrician, it is eleventh overall. It is also the fifteenth time the captain has scored a hattrick.
Harry Kane is the fourth player to score a hat-trick in consecutive appearances, first since Tommy Taylor did so in 1957. The first to score in consecutive appearances since Bill Dean in May 1927.
First player since 1993 to score four goals when Ian Wright scored four against San Marino.
manager records: Southgate is statistically the best manager after 68 matches in charge.
Only Walter Winterbottom, Sir Alf Ramsey and Bobby Robson have managed England more.
record victory: This is England's record World Cup victory (beating the 9-2 victory of Ireland in November 1949 and 9-0 vs. Luxembourg in October 1960), and unbeaten in 31 World Cup qualification matches, having not lost since October 2009 (W21 D8), and have scored more World Cup goals (41) against San Marino than any other nation. Also the 100th competitive victory at home (WC52 EC45 NL3).
Now unbeaten in twenty matches, best since 15 March 1890-16 March 1896. They have never gone 21 matches without defeat.
This is England's 100th competitive victory at home (WC52 EC45 NL3).
England last scored six goals in the first half against Netherlands in November 1946, and last scored ten goals against USA in May 1964.
records: England have won all eight matches against San Marino, scoring 52 goals in the process. Only the nine victories out of nine matches against Luxembourg is better.
Now unbeaten in twenty matches, best since 15 March 1890-16 March 1896 (W16 D4). They have never gone 21 matches without defeat.
England last scored six goals in the first half when they did so against Netherlands in November 1946, and last scored ten goals when they thrashed USA in May 1964.
 
1 3-4-3 Ramsdale -
Maguire, Coady, Mings -
Alexander-Arnold, Bellingham, Phillips, Saka -
Foden, Kane, Smith Rowe
2 4-4-2
3-4-3 after 73 mins
Ramsdale -
Alexander-Arnold, Coady, Mings, Chilwell -
Saka, Gallagher, Bellingham, Smith Rowe
(Stones) -
Abraham, Kane
(James).
After 62 mins, James went central midfield, with Bellingham going right, Gallagher left.
After 73 mins, Saka joined Abraham upfront, Alexander-Arnold and Chilwell the wing-backs.
Averages (Starting XI): Age 24 years 144 days Appearances/Goals 18.8 5.2
youngest team in 2021-22 so far
 
    Match Report by Mike Payne

We knew it was going to be important, we knew that it would be an easy game, as Internationals go, but I don't think anyone quite envisaged England scoring TEN goals!  What a thrashing for a poor San Marino side, one almost felt sorry for them……almost!

Right from the start there was no messing from the 'up for it' England team and they pushed forward relentlessly.  After just four minutes Bukayo Saka skated round a defender but just overhit his cross.  England then quickly won a corner and from Phil Foden's kick, in steamed Harry Maguire to crash home a header to start the ball rolling, as he had done against Albania the previous Friday.  It was just what the doctor ordered.

The lively Saka's pace was causing the home defence problems and another cross went across goal without anyone attacking the ball.  Emile Smith Rowe then saw his header blocked and cleared, and then with 15 minutes gone England made it 2-0.  Saka was again the instigator as he cut inside, fired in a cross and Fillipo Fabbri stuck out a foot and deflected the ball into his own net.  Fabio Tomassini was then booked for pulling back Foden, one of five bookings San Marino received, more of that later.  Jude Bellingham combined with Saka to fire in another shot, but he slipped as he shot and the ball was easily saved.  It was noticeable that big divots were appearing and several players were struggling to keep their feet.  England were playing the ball around and tiring the San Marino players and on 23 minutes the visitors extended their lead.

Saka's cross was met by a flying scissors kick from Foden, but the ball flew wide.  Unfortunately for the home side VAR was called upon because the ball struck the hand of Dante Rossi on the way to it going wide.  His hand was high and although he tried to pull his hand away, a penalty and a booking resulted.  A little bit harsh to say the least, but Harry Kane was never going to look a gift horse in the mouth, and his spot-kick was emphatic.

What was good about England on this night was their ruthlessness, and a wonderful trademark pass by Foden found Saka, but although the Arsenal man stretched for it, he could not quite get any power behind his effort.  That came on the half-hour and two minutes later it was 4-0.  Smith Rowe crossed from the left and Kane was there again, to score with his left-foot.  His shot was somewhat scuffed, but who cares, it went in!  A minute later and San Marino had their first shot on target.  Nicola Nanni fired in a good shot and Aaron Ramsdale had to dive full length to turn the ball around the post.  The goalkeeper also did well to punch away a good corner that followed.

On 37 minutes a Kane header strikes the hand of  Alessandro D'Addario and once again the referee gives England another penalty.  The players queued up to take the kick, even I was in the queue, but Harry wasn't having any of that, what, with him on the verge of yet another hat-trick?  Up he stepped with a spot-kick even more emphatic than the other one, right in the top corner.  Kane was breaking records almost by the minute, and they are all recorded elsewhere on this page.

Before we all had time to draw breath, that man was there again, with his own fourth and England's sixth goal before the half-time whistle sounded.  Kane picked up the ball in the area, surrounded by defenders, he jinked, he swayed, and then put the ball into the corner of the net.  The look of bewilderment on the San Marino faces said it all.  Even then, Saka nearly scored another, as his close range shot flew over the bar, and as the whistle went the home players were not exactly sprinting to the safety of the dressing room, but it seemed like it.  An unbelievable half by England.

Several substitutes were made by both teams at the restart with England bringing on Ben Chilwell, Tammy Abraham and debutant Conor Gallagher for Kalvin Phillips, Foden and Maguire.  Thankfully Kane was still on and he had "five, six, seven, eight" lighting up in his eyes!  England were quickly back on to the front foot with Smith Rowe's weak chip saved and then Abraham missing a sitter as Kane put him through clear on goal.  His chip went over and he really should have made it seven.  But we didn't have to wait long for that number to be reached as a terrific move saw Chilwell's fabulous long pass out to Saka end with a cross into the middle where Abraham's backheeled pass fell into the path of Smith Rowe and he scored a fine first goal for his country.

Gareth Southgate, what are you doing?  62 minutes gone and he is taking off Kane, the same Harry Kane who is just a few goals away from Wayne's record, how dare he!

Meanwhile, Gallagher is enjoying himself as he comes close from a Chilwell pass, and then turns brilliantly away from Rossi, only for the latter to cynically bring him down.  It was a costly error for the already booked San Marino player as his second yellow card also brings a red with it.  Then, from the free-kick by Trent Alexander-Arnold, Tyrone Mings scores with a header to open his England account.  On 71 minutes Gallagher hit the post and then Bellingham scored again, only for VAR to rule it out following an innocuous challenge by Abraham.  So, still only 8-0 but that soon changed as Abraham scored another fine goal after a superb Alexander-Arnold pass is controlled and swivelled on by Abraham, firing his shot into the corner.

The England fans were chanting for ten, and a minute later they got their wish as once again an Alexander-Arnold beautiful cross found its mark.  There was Saka scoring with a close range header, to complete an excellent night's work from the Arsenal youngster.

The match ended with an Abraham goal ruled out for a foul, several more chances created, but missed, and a referee's whistle that finally put an end to San Marino's misery.  England are at the World Cup next year, and it was a job done and finished  in some style.  It has been a fabulous year for the England team, with an incredible run of results, and who knows, maybe Harry Kane's next hat-trick will win us the final next year?  Let's hope so.
  

Source Notes

TheFA.com
BBC Sport
FSGC
  UEFA.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
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