Ice­land Be­come Small­est Coun­try to Qual­ify for World Cup

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REYK­JAVIK (Dis­patches) - Ice­land be­came the small­est coun­try ever to qual­ify for the World Cup when they beat Kosovo 2-0 on Monday to book a place at their first fi­nals in Rus­sia next year as win­ners of Group I.

Gylfi Sig­urds­son set­tled their nerves with a su­perbly-taken goal five min­utes be­fore half­time as Ice­land proved that their run to the 2016 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship quar­ter-fi­nals, which in­cluded wins over Aus­tria and Eng­land, was no fluke.

Sig­urds­son also set up the sec­ond for Jo­hann Gud­munds­son mid­way through the sec­ond half as Ice­land com­pleted the cam­paign by win­ning their fi­nal three games with­out con­ced­ing a goal.

It was a re­mark­able achieve­ment for a coun­try which has a pop­u­la­tion of about 350,000. The pre­vi­ous small­est coun­try to have reached the fi­nals was Trinidad & Tobago, in 2006, with 1.3 mil­lion peo­ple.

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