Celebrations in order as San Marino finally scores a goal

It was San Marino’s first away goal since a 5-1 defeat to Azerbaijan in September 2017. San Marino, a micro-state of around 33,000 inhabitants in north-eastern Italy, is the bottom-ranked national team in the world.

San Marino's Fabio Tomassini in action with Kosovo's Blendi Idrizi and Mergim Vojvoda.   -  REUTERS

Not many national teams would find a reason to celebrate a 4-1 defeat. But not many nations are like San Marino, and players representing the tiny country were left delighted after scoring their first goal in a year-and-a-half against Kosovo on Tuesday.

David Tomassini scored from close range three minutes after coming off the bench to mark his country’s first goal since a 3-1 defeat to Kazakhstan in November 2019.

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It was San Marino’s first away goal since a 5-1 defeat to Azerbaijan in September 2017. The players were left jubilant as they flooded to celebrate with Tomassini despite the game being over as a contest with five minutes left to play.

San Marino, a micro-state of around 33,000 inhabitants in north-eastern Italy, is the bottom-ranked national team in the world by FIFA, in 210th place, having never won a competitive game.

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Lazio striker Vedat Muriqi scored all four of Kosovo's goals, the last coming on the 75th minute.

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