Wednesday 19 June, 2019

Iceland qualifies for World Cup for first time

Iceland has qualified for the World Cup for the first time after beating Kosovo 2-0 at home on Monday.

Keeping the momentum going from its inspiring run to the 2016 European Championship quarterfinals, Iceland topped Europe Group I and advanced automatically to the finals in Russia next year at the expense of favorite Croatia.

Iceland is the smallest nation in terms of population - 330,000 - to make the World Cup.

Gylfi Sigurdsson put the hosts ahead in in the first half and Johann Gudmundsson made it 2-0 in the second.

Iceland won the group by two points from star-studded Croatia, which beat Ukraine 2-0 in Kiev.

Ukraine was third, Turkey fourth and Finland fifth. Kosovo completed its maiden qualifying for a major tournament with a single point.

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