Iceland, Serbia win World Cup berths

Marco Green
October 12, 2017

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Johann Gudmundsson scored as Iceland bested winless Kosovo 2-0 to finish the qualifiers with 22 points, good enough for first place in Group I.

Holding the momentum from its inspiring run to the 2016 European Championship quarterfinals, Iceland topped their qualifying group and advanced automatically to the finals in Russian Federation next year at the expense of favorite Croatia. The hardest thing was to get going again after our massive party in France.

Ukraine was another three points behind Croatia in third, Turkey fourth, and Finland fifth. "The success is not an end in itself but a long journey towards a final destination".

Since Ireland qualified for the first time in 1990, we want you to name every team that reached the World Cup for the first time from 1990 to 2014. They also featured in Spain in 1982, topping their group in the first round above the host nation, having made the quarterfinals on their debut at the 1958 finals in Sweden.

THE Icelandic thunderclap is making its way to Russian Federation. The fireworks blazed into the sky at the Laugardalsvollur stadium after Hallgrimsson's team completed their expected victory over the European minnows Kosovo, ranked 184 by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Iceland is home to just 334,000 people, making it the smallest country ever to reach the World Cup, Efe news reported on Monday.

Spain ended its qualifying campaign by beating Israel 1-0 in Jerusalem, while Italy scraped past Albania 1-0 in Shkoder in another poor effort which will do little to inspire confidence in coach Gian Piero Ventura and his team.

Prijovic struck the victor on 74 minutes in Belgrade as Serbia finished top of European qualifying Group D.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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