Iceland Becomes Smallest Country to Qualify For World Cup

10th October 2017
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Iceland has secured a spot at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, becoming the smallest nation by population to ever qualify for the tournament.

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Johann Berg Gudmundsson scored to secure a 2-0 victory against Kosovo on Monday, giving the team a record of seven wins, one draw and two defeats.

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The result takes them two points clear of Croatia for the top spot in Group I of UEFA World Cup qualifying series.

With about 335,000 residents, Iceland easily bested Trinidad & Tobago’s population of 1.3million in 2006, to become the smallest nation to secure passage to the World Cup finals.

Northern Ireland, who last qualified in 1982 with a population of 1.5m, Slovenia (2002, just under 2m) and Kuwait (1982, 2m) complete the top five.

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