'Pele, Maradona & Gunnarsson!' – Hallgrimsson revels in Iceland success

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The tiny nation's manager, who has led his country to Russia 2018, was near lost for words as he spoke to the press post-match

Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson was in disbelief after his team qualified for the 2018 World Cup with a 2-0 win over Kosovo.

Goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Johann Gudmundsson saw Iceland seal top spot in Group I ahead of Croatia on Monday.

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With a population of 330,000, Euro 2016 quarter-finalists Iceland became the smallest nation ever to qualify for a World Cup.

Hallgrimsson could not hide his delight afterwards, even comparing Cardiff City midfielder Aron Einar Gunnarsson to two all-time greats – Pele and Diego Maradona.

"This is just odd. I don't really know what to say. The mind is all over the place," he said, via RUV.

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"I mean... Pele, Maradona and Aron Einar Gunnarsson."

Iceland finished two points clear of Croatia, who beat Ukraine 2-0 in Kiev on Monday.

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