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After a quite extraordinary victory last time out, can Kazakhstan make it back-to-back wins in Euro 2024 qualifying?
Back in March, the Hawks found themselves 2-0 down at home to the group’s top seeds Denmark, on course for another home defeat, having been beaten 2-1 by Slovenia in Nur-Sultan three days earlier.
However, Magomed Adiyev’s team pulled off an astonishing comeback, scoring three times in the final 16 minutes to snatch a memorable win.
Talisman Batyrjanūly Zainutdinov converted a penalty, Ashat Tağybergen fired home a screamer from long-range before, right at the death, Yan Vorogovskiy’s cross was headed home by Abat Aiymbetov.
So, scenes of jubilation at Astana Arena as Kazakhstan recored their most memorable win of all-time.
Just last year though, the Hawks gained promotion to Nations League B, beating Slovakia twice, Belarus and Azerbaijan to achieve this, so are guaranteed a Euro play-off place, should they need it.
However, in a wide-open Group H, Adiyev’s side will believe a top two finish is possible.
In this fixture, they’ll be up against the perennial minnows of international football San Marino, the team ranked 211th in the FIFA World Rankings.... out of 211.
La Serenissima lost both qualifiers back in March by a respectable 2-0 scoreline, beaten by Northern Ireland in Serravalle and Slovenia in Ljubljana.
Fabrizio Costantini’s team did hold Gibraltar and Liechtenstein to goalless draws in the Nations League in 2020, but have since lost all 16 competitive fixtures.
In terms of qualifiers, it’s now 38 successive defeats for San Marino, dating back to a 0-0 draw with Estonia in November 2014.
La Serenissima have still never won a competitive international, in 168 attempts, with that fact highly unlikely to change any time soon.
Their usual home Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle is undergoing renovation works so this match, that Kazakhstan will easily win, it taking place at Stadio Ennio Tardini, just over the boarder in Parma.
San Marino team news
No player in this squad has scored multiple international goals, with Lorenzo Lazzari San Marino’s most-recent scorer, bagging a 94th minute equaliser in a friendly in Saint Lucia last November.
That game is the only time they’ve scored and not lost an international in over 19 years.
Kazakhstan team news
Abat Aymbetov celebrated his last-gasp winner against Denmark by taking his shirt off and was then shown a second yellow card later on by referee Novak Simović.
So, the striker will miss this one suspended, while Aslan Darabaev and Bauyrjan İslamhan are both injured.