Iceland qualifies for World Cup for first time

Iceland qualifies for World Cup for first time

The previous smallest country to have reached the finals was Trinidad & Tobago in 2006, with 1.3 million people.

In Belgrade, Serbia qualified after a 1-0 home win over Georgia, courtesy of a 74th-minute strike by substitute Aleksandar Prijovic which enabled the Balkan nation to finish top of Group D with 21 points from 10 games.

The Icelandic men's national football team won Kosovo 2-0 last night, which gave them the top spot in their round and thus qualified for the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation next year.

It is the tiny northern European island nation's second successive appearance at a major tournament after their shock win over England in a surprise run to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals. "The hardest thing was to get going again after our massive party in France".

Led by new coach Zlatko Dalic after Ante Cacic was sacked following a 1-1 draw with Finland on Friday, Croatia got what it needed from a tough encounter in Kiev.

Iceland has qualified for its first-ever FIFA World Cup, but it was a celebratory wave of thunderous viking claps between players, team staff and supporters that really stood out. And they finally booked a place in the World Cup, for the first time, after the second goal from Johann Gudmundsson in the second half of the match. "To win on their territory was a great result for us", Ireland manager Martin O'Neill told Sky Sports. It was the first home loss for Wales in 11 matches.

They have continued their remarkable form during their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup, heading a group that included Croatia, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland and Kosovo.

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