Saturday 25 February 2017

Football world rejoices as San Marino score a very rare goal

David Smith

San Marino players cheer after scoring 1- 1 by Mattia Stefanelli during the WC 2018 football qualification match between Norway and San Marino in Oslo, Norway on October 11, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY / Grott, Vegard Wivestad / Norway OUTGROTT, VEGARD WIVESTAD/AFP/Getty Images
San Marino players cheer after scoring 1- 1 by Mattia Stefanelli during the WC 2018 football qualification match between Norway and San Marino in Oslo, Norway on October 11, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY / Grott, Vegard Wivestad / Norway OUTGROTT, VEGARD WIVESTAD/AFP/Getty Images

It can't be easy supporting San Marino.

They've only won one of their 138 international matches to date, and they hadn't scored an away goal for 14 years until 2015. The small nation sit bottom of their World Cup qualification group, and are yet to qualify for a major tournament in their history.

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They lost 4-1 in Norway last night, but that didn't stop them celebrating wildly. They fell behind after just 11 minutes through a Simoncini own goal, but in the 56th minute, Mattia Stefanelli equalized for the visitors.





Cue wild celebrations, a pitch invasion by the substitute bench and back room staff, and an incredible response on Twitter.

Steffanelli's strike was San Marino's first goal in over a year, and just the country's third in all competitive internationals since October 2008.

Sadly, the minnows couldn't hold on to seal a dream result.

However, they did manage more goals on the night than England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland combined.

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