Iceland Become Smallest Nation Ever To Qualify For World Cup Finals

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

Needing victory to guarantee top spot in European qualifying Group I, goals from Everton star Gylfi Sigurdsson and Johann Gudmundsson ensured Iceland would be on the plane to Russian Federation 2018, Foxsport.com reported. 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.

Serbia were the other European nation to secure their place at the 2018 World Cup last night as they earned a narrow 1-0 victory against Georgia at the Red Star Stadium in Belgrade.

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.

Everton attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson will play in the 2018 World Cup with Iceland.

The stirring celebration is meant to stand as a representation of the country's norse background and was first seen on a football pitch all the way back during Iceland's dream run of form at the 2016 Euro football championships.

Now, the World Cup in Russian Federation will also be graced by the popular northern Europeans and their colourful fans who started a clapping trend at the Euros that is sure to make its mark next year.

An emphatic 3-0 win in Turkey on Friday had sent Iceland top of the group for the final match, although they struggled to impose themselves against the group's bottom side.

Spain ended its qualifying campaign by beating Israel 1-0 in Jerusalem, while Italy scraped past Albania 1-0 in Shkoder in another poor effort which will do little to inspire confidence in coach Gian Piero Ventura and his team.

Aleksandar Prijović got the only goal 16 minutes from time to clinch top spot in Group D.

Iceland's players celebrate after scoring against Kosovo.

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