On a night that all England fans are feeling pretty depressed after they could only manage a 0-0 draw with Slovenia, let’s turn our attentions to a more ‘feel-good’ story.
That didn’t occur in Slovenia during the bore draw but over in Norway where they were taking on San Marino.
Ok, San Marino may have lost 4-1 but they scored. They actually scored.
If you’re wondering why we’re getting excited about them scoring, it was San Marino’s first World Cup away goal in 15 years.
That’s right, Mattia Stefanelli’s equaliser against Norway was the first away goal in a World Cup qualifier for his nation since 2001!
While the celebrations on the pitch were pretty wild (see below), the celebrations on social media were probably even better.
The team didn’t quite win on the pitch, but the San Marino account certainly won Twitter tonight.
After Stefanelli’s goal, they posted a series of tweets that captured the hearts of everyone and ensured that they were the heroes of the night. It also distracted many England fans from the dross that they were previously watching.
Here are some of the best tweets from @soccersanmarino after they equalised against Norway:
As you can see from the Twitter account, it really didn’t matter that Norway went on to win 4-1, the fact that they scored will be remembered for the coming years.
When you consider their World Cup qualifying record, it’s easy to understand why they are so delighted.
That’s because they have played 59 matches, won zero, drawn two and lost 57. In that time, they have conceded an incredible 268 goals and scored just 10 times.
But everyone from the country will remember the night they scored an away goal against Norway in a World Cup qualifier.
This is what football is all about.
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