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Belize beat San Marino 4-2 in shootout after 1-1 draw in UEFA U16 Youth Development Tournament in Albania

Posted: Monday, March 4, 2024. 10:02 am CST.

Under 16 Belize Men’s National Team (U16 BMNT) before match vs Albania – Photo Credit: Albania Football Federation

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Under 16 Belize Men’s National Team (U16 BMNT) defeated San Marino 4-2 in penalty kicks after a 1-1 in regulation time in their second game in the U16 Youth Development Tournament at the House of Football Stadium in Tirana, Albania on Monday.

The victory is Belize’s first-ever win over a European National Team.

D. Alessadro Valle fired a spectacular missile from outside the 18-yard box in the 14thminute for a 1-0 Belize lead.

San Marino forced the penalty-kick shootout with the tying goal in the 90th minute when the game was about to expire. However, the Belize squad prevailed 4-2 in the subsequent shootout. Jasien Gutierrez, Tyrone Linares, Stepen Lopez, and Christopher Glenn scored Belize’s penalty-kick goals.

Belize had lost 9-0 in the opener to hosts Albania on Saturday.

In Monday’s second game, Kosovo edged Albania in 3-2 a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw.

The U16 BMNT’s final match will be against Kosovo on Thursday, March 7 at 4:30 am Belize Time (11:30 am Albania time).

The U16 BMNT is preparing for the UNCAF U16 Men’s Championship in June and the Concacaf Championship U16 Boys Qualifiers in August.


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