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Sunday 26 February 2017

American Samoa finally get 17-year monkey off their back

The world's worst international team ended their 17-year wait for a win on Tuesday and almost quickly doubled it up yesterday.

American Samoa's 2-1 victory over Tonga was their first after 30 defeats and they went close to a second when they led the Cook Islands 1-0 after a 24th-minute goal by striker Shalom Luani. But the unlucky Tala Luvu headed a free-kick into his own net in the 62nd minute to leave the minnows with a draw, although they are still unbeaten in the Oceania World Cup stage one qualifying.

American Samoa's only previous result of note, is one they'll never be allowed forget.

In 2001 American Samoa lost 31-0 to Australia -- the heaviest defeat in international football history. Goalkeeper Nicky Salapu is the only player in the starting line-up that played against Australia, but it was Ramin Ott and Shalom Luani who scored the historic goals on Tuesday.

"It's a great feeling. I'm so happy right now, I gotta got call the wife," said Ott.

Their unbeaten record gives them hope of topping the four-team mini-tournament which would book their place in the eight-nation second round.

So, Brazil 2014 awaits...

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