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Iceland, Serbia makes FIFA World Cup history

Euro 2016 quarter finalists, Iceland became the smallest country ever to advance to the FIFA World Cup finals.

Iceland make FIFA World Cup History. Beating Kosovo 2:0 in the World Cup Qualifiers to go through..

Iceland qualified for the world cup for the first time ever after a 2-0 win over Kosovo on Monday, while Serbia clinched a spot at next year’s finals with a 1-0 win over Georgia.

Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson and Johann Gudmundsson scored in Reykjavik as Iceland, with a population if just 330 000,became the smallest country to advance to the world cup finals.

It is the tiny northern European Island nation’s second successive appearance at a major tournament after their shock win over England in a surprise run to the Euro 2016 quarterfinals.

“I thought after Euro 2016 that the hardest thing would be to motivate ourselves again,” said Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson.

” The hardest thing was to get going again after our massive party in France. “And what’s more in a group contested between Croatia, Turkey, Ukraine and Finland.

” The success is not an end in itself but a long journey towards a final destination.”

Iceland needed all three points to secure top spot in European qualifying group I ad Croatia, who sacked coach Ante Cacic last week,downed Ukraine 2-0 in Kiev in the fight to claim second place.

Andrej Dramatic stuck twice in the second half to send Croatia into next month’s playoffs as Zlatko Dallc took charge of his first match following the 1-1 draw with Finland that prompted the dismissal if Cacic.

Aleksandar Prljovic scored after coming on as a second-half substitute to cement Serbia’s place in Russia, ending an eight year major finals absence.


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