On June 15, 1974, at the World Cup in Munich, in the 46th minute of the first game of its first appearance in the World Cup, Haiti scored a goal against Italy.
The Haitians ended up losing, 3 to 1, as expected. They lost the next two games and were eliminated, and Haiti has not qualified for the World Cup since. But they scored that goal a goal against one of the world’s best teams and one of the world’s best goalkeepers, Dino Zoff, who, until then, had not given up a point in more than 1,000 minutes of play.
As national sports milestones go, Haiti’s is pretty modest. The joy of it still resounds today with Haitians, and the man who scored the goal Emmanuel Sanon, known as Manno remains a national hero.