Koldo Alvarez wins first Andorra match at 49th attempt

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 23 February 2017, 14:43

Andorra ended the longest winless run in international football on Wednesday night after beating fellow minnows San Marino 2-0 in a friendly at the Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle

Andorra, home to under 80,000 people, headed into the match without a win in a simply staggering 86 games stretching all the way back to 2004, but they jetted back home in jubilation after securing the fourth victory in the country’s history.

The long-awaited triumph was a special one for long-suffering boss Koldo Alvarez who finally oversaw a win at the 49th attempt.

The 46-year-old was appointed Andorra manager back in 2010, replacing David Rodrigo, who previously led the Tricolours to their first ever victory: a 1-0 win over Macedonia in qualification for the 2006 World Cup.

In 49 games Koldo had only ever registered three draws - Azerbaijan (twice) and Moldova - suffering a whopping 45 defeats, including the last five in a row, but he’ll now be eyeing up back-to-back victories when his troops clash with the Faroe Islands next month in a 2018 World Cup qualification fixture.

Andorra are unsurprisingly rock-bottom of Group B, having lost all four of their games to date, conceding five and netting just one down the other end.


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