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Iceland down Kosovo to qualify for World Cup for first time

Iceland down Kosovo to qualify for World Cup for first time
By Eurosport

09/10/2017 at 22:47Updated 10/10/2017 at 01:10

Iceland reached the World Cup for the first time when they beat Kosovo 2-0 on Monday to finish top of Group I and qualify for next year's finals in Russia.

Gylfi Sigurdsson settled their nerves with a superbly-taken goal five minutes before halftime as Iceland proved that their run to the 2016 European Championship quarter-finals, which included wins over Austria and England, was no fluke.

Sigurdsson also set up the second for Johann Gudmundsson midway through the second half as Iceland completed the campaign by winning their final three games without conceding a goal.

It was a remarkable achievement for a country which has a population of about 350,000. The previous smallest country to have reached the finals was Trinidad & Tobago in 2006, with 1.3 million people.

Coached by part-time dentist Heimir Hallgrimsson, Iceland finished the group with 22 points from their 10 games.

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