Iceland qualify for their first WC

Lynette Rowe
October 11, 2017

Iceland has successfully qualified for Football World Cup 2018, a great achievement, which was celebrated throughout the country.

Less than 18 months after sensationally knocking England out of Euro 2016, Iceland, the smallest country ever to reach the finals, booked their ticket to next year's finals in Russian Federation by beating Kosovo 2-0.

Aleksandar Prijovic scored after coming on as a second-half substitute to steer Serbia to a 1-0 win over Georgia and secure a place at next year's World Cup finals.

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

Iceland were happy to sit on their lead but struck again in the 68th minute when Sigurdsson again got past Rrahmani and laid the ball into the middle for Gudmundsson to score from close range.

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Everton fans, though, do not appear to be losing patience with Sigurdsson and want manager Ronald Koeman to play him in his best position, as the following messages on social networking site Twitter suggest.

To get to this point, Iceland recorded victories against Ukraine, Finland, Turkey, Croatia and Kosovo to top its group with seven wins from 10 matches and seal its spot in next year's competition. The previous smallest country to have reached the finals was Trinidad & Tobago in 2006, with 1.3 million people.

The Thunder-Capping islanders from the North Atlantic will be comfortably the smallest nation to ever qualify for a World Cup - population wise, if not physically. "Only losing 2-1 to them now looks a triumph.ish".

Self-proclaimed workaholics, charismatic Icelanders have proved their success is no flash in the pan and attested that sustained work is hte most important ingredient in achieving excellence.

They sit three points behind joint-second place Croatia and Ukraine, who are playing each other on Monday night, leaving Turkey with no chance of qualification. They will not be seeded in the playoffs draw, which will take place on Tuesday.

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