Bosnia-Herzegovina wasn’t even in existence until 1992, but just two decades after its national team played their first match (a year later, in 1993) the small Balkan nation has clinched its first-ever World Cup appearance after a 1-0 win at Lithuania on Tuesday.
The historic moment unleashed a large-scale celebration in the streets of Sarajevo, the nation’s capital. It wasn’t the only milestone on Tuesday.
Though Iceland didn’t qualify directly, the small Nordic island nation did make the playoff round for the first time ever, which was cause for celebration in its own right. After earning a draw at Norway — coupled with Slovenia’s loss at Switzerland — Iceland has a chance to become the smallest-ever nation to make the World Cup finals if it navigates through the playoff round held in November.
Close to 3,000 Iceland fan traveled to Norway to see the country’s biggest game ever (to date), which is almost one percent of Iceland’s entire population. Below is some fan footage of the exact moment when Iceland knew they clinched a playoff spot:
Congratulations to both nations for their terrific accomplishments!