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Soccer-Belarus clinch promotion with simple win over pointless San Marino

Reuters | Updated: 19-11-2018 00:57 IST | Created: 19-11-2018 00:57 IST
Belarus clinched promotion to UEFA Nations League C with a comfortable 2-0 win away to hapless San Marino on Sunday, while Luxembourg drew 1-1 away to Moldova in the other League D Group 2 game.

Stanislaw Drahun scored his fifth goal of the competition and his 10th for his country to give visitors Belarus the lead in the eighth minute against San Marino, who have failed to take a single point in the Nations League.

Belarus only needed a draw to guarantee top spot in the group but they were still dominant in both halves and wasted several chances to increase their lead.

They finally did so early in the second half when Anton Saroka turned in a low cross from the lively Drahun, sealing first place with 14 points from six unbeaten games.

Luxembourg and Moldova each had faint hopes of grabbing the promotion place, requiring a win in their game as well as needing Belarus to lose in San Marino.

Radu Ginsari put hosts Moldova in front from the penalty spot in the 58th minute but their lead did not last long. Stefano Bensi levelled for Luxembourg by smashing the ball in off the crossbar, meaning his side finished second in the group on 10 points, while Moldova ended the campaign on nine. (Reporting by Richard Martin Editing by Christian Radnedge)


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