Iceland make history, bag WC berth

11 October, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Douglas Reid
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Iceland has a population of about 335,000 while the previous smallest country to have reached a World Cup was Trinidad & Tobago, in 2006, which had 1.3 million people. They reached the quarter-finals, beating England along the way, before finally falling to the hosts.

Predicting Iceland would now win the World Cup, humorous Icelandic website the Reykjavík Grapevine tweeted: "The Ice Age cometh".

The smallish European side defied the odds to become the smallest country to ever qualify for the global podium with a population of just over 300,000 thanks to their star man, Gylfi Sigurdson.

Iceland, the revelation of Euro 2016, made history by qualifying for the World Cup for the first time while Serbia assured themselves of returning to the competition after missing the 2014 edition.

The midfielder also set up the second for Johann Berg Gudmundsson midway through the second half as Iceland completed the campaign by winning their final three games.

Serbia held on comfortably in the closing stages, knowing that they were safely through as Ireland won 1-0 at Wales to seal second place in group D and book a play-off berth.

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"We appreciate that people want us to do well and we hope we can repay their support in Russian Federation at the World Cup".

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

Being the smallest nation to get qualified for global football's biggest event, Iceland topped the Europe Group 1, to book a place for the final show in Russian Federation, next year.

Former Leicester striker Andrej Kramaric, who now plays for Hoffenheim, netted twice as Croatia overcame Ukraine 2-0 in their winner-takes-all showdown to gatecrash the play-offs.

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 takes place on Wednesday (NZT).

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