San Marino – Scotland ( 24.03.2019)

Two sides wounded after heavy defeats in the opening round of EURO 2020 qualification matches, are facing a ‘win or die’ situation – even at this early stage of the campaign.
After extending their all-time winless run to 90 games with a 5-0 defeat to Cyprus last time out, San Marino’s quest for a first competitive victory continues. Arguably the worst national team in Europe, San Marino have lost their last 28 games, losing 25 of them to nil. Additionally, they have been beaten in both halves in 22 of their last 28 defeats.
Since their first participation in the qualification campaign for a major tournament (Euro 1992), San Marino have finished bottom in every group they have been placed. Thus, despite being humiliated 3-0 by Kazakhstan in their opening qualification match, Alex McLeish’s Scotland have the perfect opportunity to restore confidence in their ranks.
Last participants in a EURO tournament way back in 1996, the Scots have won to nil in their six H2H meetings with San Marino, scoring 19 goals in the process. Despite their superiority over the microstate, Scotland’s recent competitive away record of: W2, D1, L2, is one that needs urgent improvement.
Players to watch: Mirko Palazzi is the last player to score for San Marino, he did so in his side’s 5-1 defeat to Azerbaijan back in 2014. Meanwhile, James Forrest has scored five goals in his last three games for Scotland.
Stat attack: San Marino have lost by at least a two-goal margin in 17 of their last 18 matches.
However, excluding own goals and penalties, San Marino have not conceded a first-half goal in their last three EURO qualifiers on home turf!
Seven of Scotland’s last eight victories have been accompanied by a clean sheet.
Thirteen of Scotland’s last 16 games on foreign soil have seen just one side score.