A 2-0 win over Kosovo sealed Iceland’s place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and made it the smallest country to ever do so.
Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson gave Iceland the lead five minutes before the first half ended, and set up the second for Johann Berg Gudmundsson in the second half.
Iceland has a population of approximately 335,000, the smallest ever for a country to have qualified for the World Cup.
The previous smallest country to have reached the finals was Trinidad & Tobago in 2006 (1.3 million people) followed by Northern Ireland (1.85 million), Slovenia (2.08 million), Jamaica (2.89 million) and Wales (3.1 million).
Heimir Hallgrimsson, a part-time dentist who became sole manager after Euro 2016, when Lars Lagerback left to take the Norway manager’s job, was lost for words at the final whistle.
“This is really odd, I don’t know what to say. I mean … Pelé, Maradona, Aron Einar Gunnarsson,” Hallgrimsson said, referencing the Cardiff midfielder at the heart of his side.