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Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Iceland becomes smallest nation to qualify for the World Cup

Iceland becomes smallest nation to qualify for the World Cup

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.

With a population of just 334,252 people, now Iceland shatters all records to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018, for the first time after beating Kosovo 2-0 at home.

Gylfi Sigurdsson put the hosts ahead in in the first half and Johann Gudmundsson made it 2-0 in the second.

With about 335,000 residents, Iceland easily bested Trinidad & Tobago's population of 1.3million in 2006, to become the smallest nation to secure passage to the World Cup finals.

Being the smallest nation to get qualified for the WC, Iceland topped the Europe Group 1, leaving behind Croatia, Ukrain, Turkey and Finland.

Iceland finished the group stages with 22 points behind seven wins, one draw and two losses.

Prijovic struck the victor on 74 minutes in Belgrade as Serbia finished top of Group D, with the Republic of Ireland heading to the play-offs after a 1-0 victory over Wales in Cardiff."I think we deserved this, although it turned out that the last step was the most hard one, but we succeeded", coach Slavoljub Muslin said.

"I think we need to enjoy the moment and we have a golden generation there that would need to make the most of it".

"Thank you very much for your fantastic support and we look forward to playing for you in Russia", Serbia's captain Branislav Ivanovic said in an on-pitch address to the crowd.

There were also 1-0 wins for Spain over Israel (Asier Illarramendi, 76th) and Italy over Albania (Antonio Candreva, 73rd).

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