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

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

Iceland were the smallest nation to qualify for a major tournament when they reached Euro 2016, proceeding to make the quarter-finals after conquering England, and they will now take their place in the main draw for the finals on 1 December. Iceland reached the quarterfinal after upsetting England in the round of 16. And they finally booked a place in the World Cup, for the first time, after the second goal from Johann Gudmundsson in the second half of the match.

Iceland has qualified for its first-ever FIFA World Cup, but it was a celebratory wave of thunderous viking claps between players, team staff and supporters that really stood out.

The result guaranteed their spot at the 2018 World Cup as group winners and continued their remarkable run of recent success at worldwide level.

The chant entered the spotlight when Iceland made its major-tournament debut at the Euros in France past year, when it stunningly reached the quarterfinals after drawing with Portugal in the group stage and eliminating England in the round of 16.

And The Green Army inflicted a first defeat upon Chris Coleman's men since the 2-0 loss to Portugal at Euro 2016; they went down 1-0 to the Irish.

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.

Serbia held on comfortably in the closing stages, knowing that they were safely through as Ireland won 1-0 at Wales to seal second place in group D and book a play-off berth.

Academic and author Viðar Halldórsson who wrote "Sport in Iceland: How small nations achieve global success" tweeted: "It's not genes, it's culture, organization and bunch of character!"

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.