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Iceland Qualified For The FIFA World Cup With A Thunderous Viking Clap

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Clarence Duncan | 11 October, 2017, 00:22

And they made no mistake as Gylfi Sigurdsson and Johann Berg Gudmundsson fired home the goals on a famous night for the Icelandic national team. At Euro 2016, Iceland shocked the world with a run all the way to the quarterfinals. The team earned ticket to the World Cup with 22 points.

With a population of just over 300,000, Iceland became the smallest nation to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.

Iceland managed to finish top of a hard World Cup qualifying group that included Croatia, Ukraine and Turkey and they will now hope to defy the odds and get out of the group stages at the tournament itself.

The chant was a success when Iceland made its major tournament debut at the Euros in France past year, when it stunned by reaching the quarterfinals after drawing with Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in the group stage and eliminating England in the last 16.

"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".

Elsewhere, Ireland stunned Wales 1-0 to seal a spot in the playoffs.

The Serbs topped Group D on 21 points, two ahead of Republic of Ireland, who booked a spot in the playoffs thanks to a narrow 1-0 win against rivals Wales in Cardiff.

"We knew going into the last four games we would probably have to win the four of them, we got three but just at the final hurdle it was not enough".

Being the smallest nation to get qualified for worldwide football's biggest event, Iceland topped the Europe Group 1, to book a place for the final show in Russian Federation, next year.

Italy - already certain of a play-off place behind Spain - ended their campaign with a 1-0 over Albania in Shkoder, Antonio Candreva scoring in the 73rd minute.

Inter midfielder Antonio Candreva scored the only goal of the game and Giampiero Ventura's men will be seeded in the draw for the play-offs, which is set to take place on 17 October.

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