Iceland reach World Cup finals for first time

Iceland Qualifies For World Cup!

Iceland Qualifies For World Cup!

Incredibly, Iceland is now the smallest ever nation to qualify for the World Cup in the history of the world's biggest tournament.

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.

The penultimate night of the UEFA World Cup Qualifying rounds was largely bereft of both goals and entertainment value for long periods.

Iceland is a nation that for generations has gazed upon the horizon and seen dozens of armies gearing up for the battle that is World Cup qualifying, each one with infantry ranks wildly outnumbering their own.

Tunisia need just a point in their final game at home to Libya to be certain of qualifying, the Ivory Coast must beat Morocco to overtake them and win Group C, while Senegal will qualify as Group D winners with a home victory over South Africa.

The Euro 2016 quarter-finalists, who knocked out England in the last 16, have a population of about 335,000.

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"And what's more we are in a group contested between Croatia, Turkey, Ukraine and Finland, who are much better than their position in the group would have you believe".

Lagerback laid foundations for a European dream which first started with a second place in a Euro 2016 qualifying group behind Czech Republic which saw Iceland grab their first-ever participation at a major global tournament.

The Eagles, captained by former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, were uninspiring in Belgrade but their 1-0 win against Georgia was enough to clinch top spot and ensure automatic qualification. "It is much harder for the World Cup".

There were also 1-0 wins for Spain over Israel (Asier Illarramendi, 76th) and Italy over Albania (Antonio Candreva, 73rd). They will not be seeded in the playoffs draw, which will take place on Tuesday.

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