Every World Cup tournament, since its creation, has seen at least one team making its first appearance in the tournament and after Iceland secured their ticket to Russia this evening, the trend continues.
Having beaten Kosovo 2-0 on home soil this evening, Iceland, boasting a mere population of 334,000, have topped Group I and become the smallest nation to ever qualify for a World Cup.
Their first appearance in an international tournament altogether came in Euro 2016, when they were the complete surprise package and famously knocked out England before being beaten by France in the quarter finals. And now, they’ve gone one better by finishing first on 22 points, following victory in their final qualifier tonight.
Goals from Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson and Berg Gudmundsson got the job done, and sparked typically incredible scenes after the final whistle.
The players and supporters all performed their trademark ‘Viking’ clap in stereo and it was utterly incredible.
Here’s how the rest of social media reacted:
They are going to create an atmosphere like no other when June rolls around!