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San Marino end five-year goal drought

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When San Marino equalised against Poland on Tuesday night it signalled the end of one of world football's longest goal droughts.

Alessandro Della Valle's 22nd minute header was the first time the minnows had hit the back of the net since October 2008, a run that stretches back 29 games.

What was even more amazing was that it drew them level with Poland, a nation ranked 135 places above them.

San Marino relied upon their usual mix of students, office workers and removal men. The sentence, 'barman crosses for bank clerk to head home,' is more Sunday league than World Cup qualifier, but that's exactly what happened when Della Valle headed home Matteo Vitaioli's free kick.

Poland, on the other hand, had the luxury of calling upon established internationals like Southampton's Artur Boruc and Borussia Dortmund's pacey wide man Jakub Blaszczykowski, as well as leaving Arsenal stopper Wojciech Szczesny on the bench.

Inevitably Poland would hit back, the game finishing 5-1 to the Euro 2012 co-hosts, but San Marino won't care.

Having crumbled to a 9-0 defeat in Ukraine on Friday night, simply finding the back of the net must have seemed like a monumental victory to a nation with a population of just 32,000. To put that in footballing terms, it's almost three seats to every one person if the entire population were to visit Wembley.

It could well be another five years before they threaten to find the back of the net again, so make sure you take a look at the goal above.

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