Iceland Exit World Cup After Croatia Loss

Iceland Exit World Cup After Croatia Loss

Iceland were resilient against Argentina in their second game, forcing a 1-1 draw, but will be playing for a win tonight as anything else will dump them out of the competition.

A solid effort from Croatia's nine changes, Iceland played well and tried their hearts out. A Nigeria win would send both the Icelanders and Argentines back home.

A tough challenge for Iceland to advance to the knockout stages became a whole lot tougher with them needing a victory. Meanwhile, Kovacic is coming off, Rakitic is in for Crotia.

Gylfi Sigurdsson levelled with a penalty but Ivan Perisic grabbed a last-gasp victor.

The chance was to prove a signifier for an improved Croatia who came back just a few minutes later to finally break the deadlock.

They arrived in southern Russian Federation knowing even a win may not be enough had Nigeria beaten Argentina, but the manner in which they missed chances at key moments - against a side that made nine changes - will perhaps feel like an opportunity wasted.

Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson was philosophical. "But it doesn't matter, if we get out the group, who gets left behind".

Milan Badelj was in acres of space around 25-yards out and took the speculative shot on which nearly paid off as it cannoned off the crossbar. Wonderful technique on the volley.

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"We're trying to get divorced, but we always meet up again", the Iceland coach said.

Iceland vs Croatia match of Group C will be telecast on Sony Ten 2/Sony Ten 2 HD (English), Sony Ten 3/Sony Ten 3 HD (Hindi) and Sony ESPN (Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu) TV channels.

Iceland nearly responded instantly to the setback through centre-back Ingason, whose two quick-fire headers first drew a smart stop from Kalinic, before being denied by the crossbar moments later having met a corner unmarked. Gudmundsson hits it towards goal after a scramble. Croatia keeper Lovre Kalinic manage to take the ball.

Corner for Iceland. And a good one too, deep and well directed. Should have done better.

Lionel Messi opened his account in the match as the Victor Moses scored a penalty to put the game level at 1-1.

34' Iceland is clearly dominating the proceedings with their numerous attacks.

Iceland have made three changes, with Jon Bordvarsson being left on the bench to leave Alfred Finnbogason as a lone striker in front of a five-man midfield.

Iceland drew against Argentina in their other Group D match.

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