National side end 14-YEAR WAIT for an away goal

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San Marino have ended their near-decade-and-a-half wait for an away international goal by scoring away against Lithuania.

The European minnows are one of the continent’s whipping boys, and have demonstrated a remarkable inability to find the net away from home.

Their last goal before Tuesday came in April 2001, when they managed a 1-1 draw away against Latvia.

In the intervening period, they have played 34 away competitive fixtures, and have failed to score in every single one.

The long wait ended on 55 minutes away against Lithuania, when Vitaioli found the net from a free kick.

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The incident which let up to the set piece saw the home side’s goalkeeper—Watford’s Giedrius Arlauskis—getting a red card.

However, despite levelling away from home with just over half an hour to play, San Marino have no chance of advancing to the tournament proper from Group E.

Ahead of this fixture, the tiny nation have managed only one point from their previous seven matches, and sit nine points off the play-off spot in the pool with only three matches to day.

Their minus-25 goal difference doesn’t help either.