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World Cup: Iceland Broke Record, Smallest Country to Ever Qualify


With a population of only 334,000,
Iceland became the smallest nation to ever qualify for the World Cup finals with a 2-0 victory over Kosovo in Reykjavik to top Group I.
And it was star man Gylfi Sigurdsson, who set the Euro 2016 darlings on the path to Russia in the 40th minute -- the Everton midfielder out-foxing a defender at the top of the box before slotting his shot past Samir Ujkani in the Kosovo goal.
Johann Gudmundsson then added an insurance strike shortly after the hour mark, steering home Sigurdsson's low cross from close range after fine work down the left from the former Swansea star.
Iceland broke the previous record for a smallest qualified nation, topping the 1.3 million people of Trinidad and Tobago in 2006.
The result puts a satisfying bow on an impressive qualifying campaign for Heimir Hallgrimsson's men, giving them a two-point advantage over second-placed Croatia , who ensured themselves a seeded playoff spot with a 2-0 victory over Ukraine in Kiev.

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