San Marino score their first goal for two years - and their first home goal since 2013

San Marino scored their first goal in over two years.

San Marino - football's ultimate whipping boys.

The microstate, surrounded entirely by Italy, have spent the last 29 years building their reputation as the worst national side in the world.

They've only ever won once - against Liechtenstein in a Friendly in 2004 - and have managed just three clean sheets since their international debut in 1990.

Any team that starts life with a 4-0 defeat to Switzerland and a 6-0 loss to Romania is likely going to struggle and it took them two and a half years to avoid defeat.

It took eleven years just to both score and avoid defeat in the same game.

So when they hosted Kazakhstan on Saturday in their latest Euro 2020 qualifier, everyone knew what was coming.

And yet history was made.

San Marino were 3-0 down with 76 minutes played when a through-ball to the right-hand side of the box drew out the Kazakh goalkeeper.

He had completely misjudged things, however, and was comfortably beaten to the ball by Filippo Berardi.

Berardi proceeded to round the keeper and apply the finish - cue celebrations.

You can watch it below:

Now, most teams probably wouldn't bother with celebrations for what is essentially just a consolation goal.

But this was special as it's San Marino's first goal since the 4th of September 2017, when they put one past Azerbaijan in a 5-1 defeat.

That's a run of 17 games without a goal, 1623 minutes of football.

San Marino last scored a home goal against Poland in 2013.

That wasn't the only great statistic, however, as this was also their first home goal since, quite astonishingly, the 10th of September 2013.

Over six years without a goal in front of their own fans - no wonder they celebrated.

San Marino went on to lose the game 3-1, naturally, but that's not the point.

They score a goal at home, after all - and that makes it a special performance.

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