Iceland becomes smallest nation to qualify for World Cup

Iceland on Monday became the smallest country (by population) to qualify for the World Cup. The team from the island nation of 330,000 sealed an automatic berth by winning Group I with a 2-0 defeat of Kosovo. Fans erupted in celebration as fireworks marked the achievement at a packed Laugardalsvollur Stadium, the team’s home field in Reykjavik, and captain Aron Gunnarson led supporters in their traditional Viking chant. Iceland stunned regional rivals when it made its major-tournament debut at the Euros last year and reached the quarterfinals. In World Cup qualifying, Serbia also won a berth, its second since it became independent in 2006.

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