Iceland qualifies for Football World Cup 2018

Tricia Pearson
October 11, 2017

And all along the way, the thunder clap has followed.

Iceland added to its incredible European Championship campaign by becoming the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup on Monday.

With a population of just over 335,000 people, it is by more than a million people the smallest World Cup finalist ever. And they finally booked a place in the World Cup, for the first time, after the second goal from Johann Gudmundsson in the second half of the match.

The Icelandic thunderclap is making its way to Russian Federation.

Less than 18 months after sensationally knocking England out of Euro 2016, Iceland qualified for the World Cup for the first time on Monday following a 2-0 win over Kosovo.

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 worldwide tournament. "They're a bloody good side", tweeted former England global Gary Lineker, who now works as a TV presenter.

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He said: "I wouldn't say that Iceland players care more than England players but it's easy to criticise the way England plays".

With maximum points guaranteeing the victors a play-off slot, Croatia held their nerve as two second-half goals from Kramaric saw them clamber above Ukraine and take second spot in Group I. The hardest thing was to get going again after our massive party in France.

Croatia, who sacked coach Ante Cacic last week, downed Ukraine 2-0 in Kiev in the fight to claim second place and a spot in the playoffs. "The success is not an end in itself but a long journey towards a final destination".

"Congratulations to the whole Iceland team and to Icelanders", Bunjaki told reporters.

FFS, he had little or know pre season and has still to find his way into the best position in a team lacking confidence.

If Iceland's national men's football team wins the match tonight against Kosovo they will have secured a place in the 2018 FIFA world cup.

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