‘I dedicate this to the whole country’: Dante Rossi bursts into tears in post-match interview after helping minnows San Marino to historic back-to-back DRAWS
- Dante Rossi was emotional in the aftermath of San Marino’s draw with Gibraltar
- The result meant San Marino have avoided defeat in two competitive matches
- It is the first time in their history that they have managed to achiev such a feat
San Marino defender Dante Rossi burst into tears during his post-match interview following his side’s goalless draw with Gibraltar.
The result meant that, for the first time in their history, San Marino have secured successive draws in competitive games, with this result following on from the 0-0 against Liechtenstein.
Rossi was overcome with emotion after the game, telling RTV San Marino: ‘I said I wouldn’t cry, but I will cry. A gift to my small, big big country.’
San Marino defender Dante Rossi was emotional after his nation’s draw with Gibraltar
‘For me it’s really a dream, I can’t talk much.
‘My family is happy, my wife too. I want to say thank you to my team-mates and all the staff. We hope to stay here for a long time.
The result meant San Marino have drawn successive competitive games for the first time ever
Despite having been reduced to ten men, San Marino managed to get a point v Gibraltar
‘I dedicate this draw to the whole country. We are a small country but we have a big heart.
‘To my family, my wife and all my friends, I apologise.’
Despite being reduced to ten men when Davide Simoncini was sent off in the 49th minute, San Marino managed to hold on to secure a point.
San Marino are bottom of Group D2 in the Nations League and cannot be promoted.
However, getting two consecutive competitive draws is a significant feat for a nation that has frequently struggled.
In the previous edition of the Nations League, for instance, San Marino were unable to pick up a single point.
San Marino have won just one game in their history, which was a 1-0 success against Liechtenstein in a friendly in 2004.