Iceland, Serbia reach World Cup finals, Ireland upsets Wales

England are one of 15 teams to have already qualified for the World Cup

They sealed a place in Russian Federation with a 2-0 victory against Kosovo in Reykjavik as Heimir Hallgrimsson's team knew a win against Group I's bottom side would guarantee top spot and an automatic qualifying place.

Predicting Iceland would now win the World Cup, humorous Icelandic website the Reykjavík Grapevine tweeted: "The Ice Age cometh".

Iceland is a nation that for generations has gazed upon the horizon and seen dozens of armies gearing up for the battle that is World Cup qualifying, each one with infantry ranks wildly outnumbering their own.

The northern European country, who famously knocked England out of Euro 2016, has a population of just over 335,000 people.

"Iceland have qualified for their first ever World Cup".

Everton's Gylfi Sigurdsson and Burnley's Johann Gudmundsson got the goals on Monday evening.

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Ireland secured a playoff spot from Group D, while Gareth Bale's Wales was eliminated only 15 months after reaching the semifinals at Euro 2016.

Croatia, who sacked coach Ante Cacic last week, downed Ukraine 2-0 in Kiev in the fight to claim second place and a spot in the playoffs.

Seven wins in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers left Iceland ahead of Croatia - cue the symbolism - Ukraine and Turkey with Heimir Hallgrimsson's men getting their names in the history books once again.

Now, the World Cup in Russian Federation will also be graced by the popular northern Europeans and their colourful fans who started a clapping trend at the Euros that is sure to make its mark next year.

Serbia booked their place in the finals thanks to a 1-0 win against Georgia, with substitute Aleksandar Prijovic's strike on 74 minutes proving the difference. The victor will take on the team which finishes fourth in the CONCACAF section over two legs for a place in Russian Federation.

Italy - already certain of a play-off place behind Spain - ended their campaign with a 1-0 over Albania in Shkoder, Antonio Candreva scoring in the 73rd minute.

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