Декабря 12, 2017


FIFA WC Qualifier: Sigurdson's Strike Sends Iceland To Russia

11 Октября 2017, 12:21 | Andy Ferguson

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In sealing their berth to Russian Federation 2018, Iceland will beat the previous record for the smallest nation in terms of population to appear at a World Cup.

The team managed to make the quarter finals of that tournament, and also upset competition giant England before celebrating with their now-famous clap.

"This is an incredible achievement.Egypt hasn't gone to a World Cup since 1990 and it has been a source of national shame that the Pharaohs had not qualified despite being arguably being the best team in Africa over much of the past decade", said author James Montague.

Iceland is a nation that for generations has gazed upon the horizon and seen dozens of armies gearing up for the battle that is World Cup qualifying, each one with infantry ranks wildly outnumbering their own.

The Everton midfielder fired in a first-half opener before Johann Gudmundsson wrapped up victory in the second period to ensure Iceland finished a superb qualifying campaign top of Group I.

They sit three points behind joint-second place Croatia and Ukraine, who are playing each other on Monday night, leaving Turkey with no chance of qualification.

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Lagerback laid foundations for a European dream which first started with a second place in a Euro 2016 qualifying group behind Czech Republic which saw Iceland grab their first-ever participation at a major worldwide tournament.

Prijovic struck the victor on 74 minutes in Belgrade as Serbia finished top of European qualifying Group D, with the Republic of Ireland heading to the play-offs after a 1-0 victory over Wales in Cardiff.

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

"We appreciate that people want us to do well and we hope we can repay their support in Russian Federation at the World Cup".

Serbia booked their place in the finals thanks to a 1-0 win against Georgia, with substitute Aleksandar Prijovic's strike on 74 minutes proving the difference.

Can Iceland continue their success at Russian Federation 2018?

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