Selva steals show in last minute

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Andy Selva was the toast of San Marino last night after curling in a spectacular free-kick in a Group Six World Cup qualifier in Brussels last night. No matter that San Marino's sole full-time professional struck in the last minute of 10-1 rout by Belgium, it was only his side's second goal in five years.

Andy Selva was the toast of San Marino last night after curling in a spectacular free-kick in a Group Six World Cup qualifier in Brussels last night. No matter that San Marino's sole full-time professional struck in the last minute of 10-1 rout by Belgium, it was only his side's second goal in five years.

San Marino managed to restrict the score to 3-0 at half-time, but as the match wore on Belgium ran riot. Bob Peeters, who only came on in the 59th minute, took the new leaders of Scotland's group into double figures with a 12-minute hat-trick, starting in the 76th. Then came Selva's reward for a spirited effort by San Marino.

England's next World Cup opponents, Finland, could manage only a 1-0 victory in Luxembourg in their warm-up for the 24 March qualifier. Their only goal came 10 minutes before the end from Mikael Forssell, the Chelsea striker who has been on loan at Crystal Palace.

A host of British-based players were in action as Jamaica beat Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 in Kingston in the final qualifying round in the World Cup Concacaf zone. Tyrone Marshall, who plays in the USA for Miami Fusion, fired his first international goal past West Ham's Shaka Hislop from 25 yards.

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