Iceland Become Smallest Nation Ever To Qualify For World Cup Finals

Iceland vs Kosovo UEFA World Cup Qualifiers – Watch Live Online, TV Schedule October 9, 2017

Iceland vs Kosovo UEFA World Cup Qualifiers – Watch Live Online, TV Schedule October 9, 2017

With that, Iceland become the smallest ever nation to qualify for a World Cup, also becoming the only nation with a population less than 1million (334,000 to be precise) to reach the finals.

Goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Johann Gudmundsson at the Laugardalsvöllur ensured Iceland, which has a population of less than 335,000, topped Group I of the European qualifying section.

"It is incredible for us to qualify for the World Cup".

The fireworks rocketed into the sky above the Laugardalsvollur stadium to celebrate Iceland's success in automatically qualifying from a tough group that included more established sides like Croatia, Turkey, Ukraine and Finland.

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The chant entered the spotlight when Iceland made its major-tournament debut at the Euros in France a year ago, when it stunningly reached the quarterfinals after drawing with Portugal in the group stage and eliminating England in the round of 16.

Ireland secured a playoff spot from Group D, while Gareth Bale's Wales was eliminated only 15 months after reaching the semifinals at Euro 2016. Iceland beat Kosovo 2-0 and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah took Eygpt to an emphatic 2-1 win over Congo.

The win for the Egyptians, which sparked wild scenes of celebration in Alexandria and in capital city Cairo, saw them finish top of their six-team group in the African qualifying section.

Both Iceland and Eygpt did the inevitable with wins over Kosovo and Congo to qualify for the all-important FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russian Federation.

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Now, the World Cup in Russian Federation will also be graced by the popular northern Europeans and their colourful fans who started a clapping trend at the Euros that is sure to make its mark next year.

Iceland broke out during Euro 2016, the first major tournament the nation ever qualified for.

Group G was already settled prior to Monday's action and the top two both claimed narrow 1-0 away victories; Spain and Italy defeating Israel and Albania respectively. They will not be seeded in the playoffs draw, which will take place on Tuesday.

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