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Iceland on threshold of glory

Arguably the story of Tuesday night’s World Cup qualifiers was Iceland reaching the play-offs for Brazil 2014.

The 1-1 draw with Norway combined with Switzerland’s defeat of Slovenia ensured Lars Lagerback’s side enter uncharted territory.

There were almost 3000 Iceland fans present in the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo, which doesn’t sound a lot compared to the 30 odd thousand Poles who watched their side lose at Wembley. However, when you realise that this travelling support represented approximately 1 per cent of the country’s population, the figure takes on a new dimension. For the play-offs that support will be swelled by millions of neutrals, all hoping they can defy the odds and qualify for next year’s finals.

Anyway, if you’re wondering what it feels like to qualify for the World Cup play-offs for the first time, it looks something like this…