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By Chineze Ogugua

Iceland yesterday made history as their 2-0 victory over Kosovo was enough for the nation of some 335,000 people to reach the 2018 finals in Russia, setting a new record as the smallest ever nation to qualify for a World Cup.


Gylfi Sigurdsson and Johann Berg Gudmundsson scored as Iceland earned a 2-0 victory against Kosovo on Monday, giving the team a record of seven wins, one draw and two defeats.

The European nation beat Trinidad & Tobago’s population of 1.3 million in 2006,Northern Ireland, who last qualified in 1982 with a population of 1.5m, Slovenia in 2002 and Kuwait in 1982 with both a population of 2m.

This comes after the small country which has about 20,000 registered footballers, made their mark at their first trip to the European Championship in 2016, earning a famous 2-1 win over England en route to a quarter-final run.

Perhaps, today is a day the Vikings will pop up the beer!

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