Iceland vs. Croatia - Football Match Report

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Iceland can still qualify for the round of 16 but they have to beat Croatia and have Argentina beat Nigeria by only one goal.

Iceland's World Cup dream was ended by Ivan Perisic's late victor in a 2-1 defeat to Croatia, who themselves topped Group D.

Croatia has gone through the group stages unbeaten after a 2-1 win against Iceland in Rostov on Tuesday night.

Shortly after half-time though, Milan Badelj put Croatia in front with a textbook half-volley from Perisic's cross. Instead, the Croats will face Denmark on Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod and Argentina will take on France on Saturday in Kazan.

Bjarnason went closer when Lovre Kalinic flapped at a corner but somehow recovered to block his shot as the pressure mounted but Croatia held out.

But Iceland responded with intensity and intent, with a Sverrir Ingason needing touching over, and moments later he too smacked the crossbar. The midfielder was more accurate two minutes later as he thundered a volley into the back of the net to open the scoring.

In the second half Croatia stepped up a level and Badelj struck the bar with a deflection.

Iceland continued to show plenty of endeavour, alongside some compact defending, as the half wore on and they were nearly awarded before the interval when Birkir Bjarnason lashed towards goal from a knockdown at a corner, but the winger was thwarted by the legs of Croatia stopper Lovre Kalinic.

Though they appeared deflated in the ensuing minutes, Sigurdsson was rewarded in the 75th minute with referee Antonio Mateu awarding Iceland a penalty for a handball on substitute Dejan Lovren.

Iceland pushed forward, and threw men forward in search of a victor which looked increasingly like it would send them through. "In a tournament setting, when you play intensive games it's imperative to have strength in depth, and today we proved we have it", said man of the match Badelj as Croatia look to at least emulate the squad who finished third in the 1998 World Cup.

As a result, the first stanza ended goalless, although Iceland had the slight upper hand.

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