Iceland becomes smallest nation to qualify for FIFA World Cup

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After ascending to the top of Group I with a win over Turkey five days ago, Iceland formally booked themselves a place at Russian Federation 2018 with a 2-0 victory over Kosovo in their final qualifier on Monday evening.

Russian Federation brace yourself - the "Viking thunder clap" is heading your way. "They're a bloody good side", tweeted former England worldwide Gary Lineker, who now works as a TV presenter.

Tunisia need just a point in their final game at home to Libya to be certain of qualifying, the Ivory Coast must beat Morocco to overtake them and win Group C, while Senegal will qualify as Group D winners with a home victory over South Africa. Along the way, they picked up a historic win over England in the knockout round with a 2-1 victory.

Having gained a continent-wide recognition thanks to their long hairs and beards, that completed their frightening look, colourful fans who graced us with a Viking clapping trend, Iceland will now take it all to a higher level with their Russian Federation qualification.

Iceland secured an automatic berth by defeating Kosovo 2-0 in Reykjavik to win Europe's Group I and kick-start celebrations in the island nation of about 330,000 people.

"The hardest thing was to get going again after our massive party in France", Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said. "The success is not an end in itself but a long journey towards a final destination".

TURKEY'S hopes of reaching the World Cup were axed as they suffered an embarrassing 3-0 loss to Iceland on Friday before their game against Finland.

"It's a great example for small nations like our own who aim to have a good team, well organized, in the future".

Now, the World Cup in Russian Federation will also be graced by the popular northern Europeans and their colourful fans who started a clapping trend at the Euros that is sure to make its mark next year.

Iceland has qualified for the World Cup for the first time after beating Kosovo 2-0 at home on Monday.