In case you didn’t know, San Marino’s national football team don’t score goals very often.

That might sound like an insult, but it’s 100% true. Before their game against Norway, San Marino hadn’t scored a goal in more than a year.

But all that changed when Mattia Stefanelli smashed the ball into the Norwegian net in the second half of their World Cup qualifier.


— San Marino (@soccersanmarino) October 11, 2016

The goal must have been a little embarrassing for the Norwegians.

WOW! San Marino equalize away to Norway, thanks to some absurd defending. Really, really, really bad for the Norwegians.

— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) October 11, 2016

Everyone was pretty excited.

San Marino have scored! In a World Cup Qualifier!

— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) October 11, 2016

This was the reaction of one Norwegian television studio. Turning the lights off is a bit much.

Reaction in Norwegian TV studio to San Marino scoring tonight…

— BigSport (@BigSportGB) October 11, 2016

It was obvious what a landmark moment this was for San Marino.

San Marino score their first away goal in a World Cup qualifier since 2001…

— Jonny Blain (@jonoblain) October 11, 2016

The last time – before tonight – that San Marino scored in an away World Cup qualifier, Wayne Rooney was 15. #WCQ

— John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) October 11, 2016

Gold dust.

San Marino equalise in Norway, just their 3rd goal in competitive internationals since October 2008

— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) October 11, 2016

Meanwhile over at the Slovenia v England game.

When San Marino’s scored more goals than you.

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) October 11, 2016

The goal gave San Marino fans hope of an extraordinary point away from home.

If we can actually draw against Norway, dreams are coming true! #norSMR

— San Marino (@soccersanmarino) October 11, 2016

But sadly it wasn’t to be.

GOAL! Norway break San Marino hearts, they now lead 2-1!

— Coral (@Coral) October 11, 2016

And eventually, Norway ran out 4-1 winners – spoilsports.

Oh well, we still scored an away goal. #norSMR

— San Marino (@soccersanmarino) October 11, 2016

No-one can take that goal away from you San Marino. Enjoy it – we know we did.