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Andorra secure the biggest result in their history

Marc Rebés was the hero as the European minnows stunned Hungary.

Andorra team (file pic).
Andorra team (file pic).
Image: EMPICS Sport

ANDORRA HAVE PULLED off a stunning upset by beating Hungary 1-0 in the World Cup qualifiers tonight.

Marc Rebés’ goal on 26 minutes proved the winner, as the hosts claimed their best result ever.

The tiny nation were bottom of Group B but full of confidence after keeping successive clean sheets in their last two matches.

Andorra had beaten fellow minnows San Marino 2-0 in a friendly in February and maintained their momentum by holding Faroe Islands to a 0-0 draw a month later.

It is just the Andorrans fifth official win since their first game of international football — a 6-1 defeat by Estonia — in November 1996.

The San Marino triumph was their first victory since 2004.

Before that, they had respective 2-0 friendly victories over Belarus (2000) and Albania (2002).

Their sole previous World Cup qualifying win was a 1-0 defeat of Macedonia back in 2004, failing to win any of their subsequent 66 competitive fixtures.

For the game’s only goal, Jesus Rubio hit a deep cross to the back post that Rebes headed over RB Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi and into the net.

It was his first international goal and Andorra held on to win, moving above Latvia in the Group B table after their long-awaited victory, although they are 14 points behind leaders Switzerland.

Additional reporting by Omnisport

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