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Iceland Qualified For The FIFA World Cup With A Thunderous Viking Clap

Iceland Qualified For The FIFA World Cup With A Thunderous Viking Clap

Trinidad & Tobago, which has a population of 1.3 million, was the previous smallest country to reach a World Cup back in 2006.

Keeping the momentum going from its inspiring run to the 2016 European Championship quarterfinals, Iceland topped Europe Group I and advanced automatically to the finals in Russian Federation next year at the expense of favourite Croatia.

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

"After we lost against Croatia (in the 2014 World Cup playoffs) we aimed at qualifying next time".

Antonio Candreva lifted Italy to a 1-0 win over Albania in their final World Cup qualifying game that assures the Azzurri are top seeds for November's play-offs.

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.

Keeping up its good form from the momentum it picked up when the team made it to the 2016 European Championship quarter-finals, Iceland led the first half of the qualifying match against Kosovo with a goal from Gylfi Sigurdsson.

"We knew going into the last four games we would probably have to win the four of them, we got three but just at the final hurdle it was not enough".

Already-qualified Spain rounded off their campaign with a 1-0 win against Israal in Jerusalem, courtesy of a 76th-minute strike from Asier Illarramendi.

Meanwhile, Croatia saw off the threat of Ukraine in Kiev to claim a 2-0 success and finish runners-up with a brace from Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaric seeing them through.

In other results, Austria won 1-0 in Moldova in Group D, Finland and Turkey finished 2-2 in Group I, and Macedonia beat Liechtenstein 4-0 in Group G.

Academic and author Viðar Halldórsson who wrote "Sport in Iceland: How small nations achieve worldwide success" tweeted: "It's not genes, it's culture, organization and bunch of character!"


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