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They're At It Again! - Iceland All But Qualified For The World Cup Tonight

They're At It Again! - Iceland All But Qualified For The World Cup Tonight

There was a time - not too long ago - when the prospect of Iceland emerging from a group containing Croatia, Turkey and Ukraine was laughable.

Having never qualified for any major tournament before last year's memorable appearance at the European Championships, Iceland are now on the brink of confirming their first appearance at a World Cup in Russia next year.

Ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a play-off defeat to Croatia denied them this landmark.

Well, sitting two points ahead of both Croatia and Ukraine in 2nd/3rd place respectively, a win at home to group minnows Kosovo on Monday will break new ground for Iceland, who could become the smallest nation to ever qualify for a World Cup.

Travelling to Turkey while Croatia hosted Finland and Ukraine traveled to Kosovo, it wouldn't have been surprising if Iceland found themselves in 4th place tonight.

Yet, securing a remarkable 3-0 win while Croatia stumbled to a 1-1 draw, Iceland are now on the brink of automatic qualification.

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Barring a major upset in Group I therefore, Iceland will top the group with Croatia and Ukraine battling it out for 2nd in Kiev.

We will not have to wait too long then to witness that clap once again.

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