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Belarus defeat San Marino in 2019 UEFA Euro U21 qualification opener

The Belarusian football team U21 on Wednesday held the opening qualifying match of Euro 2019. Lyudas Rumbutis play in qualifying group 1. In the first match, Belarus met with unconditional underdogs from San Marino at the Minsk stadium Traktor.

In the first half, Belarus failed to impress: long shots did not work out. The best chance came to Belarus after a San Marino defender's mistake. Someone from their numerous defenders got his head on the ball's way, which led to a ricochet and the ball hit the post. The guests diligently defended not forgetting about time wasting and simulations.


Antilevsky before the spot kick

The second half started in a much better fashion for Belarus. Berezkin fell in the penalty area and Antilevsky scored from the spot. The game became more interesting: the Belarusians wasted two or three chances. Shevchenko had the best chance but could not beat the San Marino goalie from a close range.

As time went on, the attacks of the Belarusians became increasingly chaotic. However, the visitors could not punish Belarus for their wastefulness. By the end of the game, San Marino had only two shots (but not on goal). Belarus thus got a minimum victory 1:0.

Belarus defeat San Marino in 2019 UEFA Euro U21 qualification opener