Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson helped his beloved Iceland become the smallest Nation to qualify for the World Cup, with a 2-0 win over Kosovo sending them to Russia as Group I winners. The Minnows, who knocked England out of the 2016 Euro’s were in a group that contained the likes of Croatia and Turkey, but despite only having a population of 335,000 people they managed to win 7 of their 10 group games with Croatia took the play off spot.
On the night, Sigurdsson’s 1st half goal opened the scoring to give the minnows a 1-0 half time lead, before turning provider to set up Johann Gudmundsson, who also plays Premier League football with Burnley, for the goal that sent Reykjavik wild.
Elsewhere in group C, current World Cup Holders Germany Secured their place in the finals with a 5-1 win over Azerbaijan with Northern Ireland pinching the Playoff spot despite losing 1-0 to Norway in their final group match. Poland’s 4-2 victory over Montenegro saw them through to the finals as Group E winners, with Denmark’s 1-1 draw with Romania confirming their runner up spot.
Finally, in Group G run away leaders Spain, who had already confirmed their place in Russia made had work of their final fixture, eventually taking a 0-1 away win from their match with Israel. Group runners up Italy also finished with a 1-0 win over neighbours Albania and will be one of the teams to avoid in the play off’s.