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FIFA World Cup 2018 Highlights: Croatia beat Iceland 2-1

Iceland vs Croatia Highlights FIFA World Cup 2018: Croatia beat Iceland 2-1 in the final group game.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: June 27, 2018 2:07:06 am
iceland vs croatia live score Iceland vs Croatia Highlights FIFA World Cup 2018: Croatia beat Iceland. (AP Photo)

Iceland vs Croatia Highlights FIFA World Cup 2018: Iceland’s first World Cup adventure came to an end on Tuesday with a 2-1 loss by Group D winners Croatia due to a late strike from Ivan Perisic. The debutants missed several chances in the first half which ended goalless but went behind in the second after a lethal strike by Croatia midfielder Milan Badelj. Gylfi Sigurdsson levelled from the penalty spot in the 76th minute but their joy was shortlived after Perisic scored a last-minute goal to end Croatia’s group campaign at the top with nine points.
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FT

26 Jun

Rostov Arena

Iceland

1
  • 76’ Gylfi Sigurdsson
2

Croatia

  • 53’ Milan Badelj
  • 90’ Ivan Perisic

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Iceland vs Croatia FIFA World Cup 2018 Highlights: Iceland 1-2 Croatia

Highlights

    01:24 (IST)27 Jun 2018
    FULL-TIME! Croatia 2-1 Iceland

    Iceland are heading home as they lose to Croatia, who will all three games. Argentina are the second team to advance from the group!

    01:20 (IST)27 Jun 2018
    GOAL! Iceland 1-2 Croatia

    Perisic with a stunning finish and Croatia lead 2-1! Iceland need two goals now. Argentina are going through if the scorelines remaing the same in both matches

    01:17 (IST)27 Jun 2018
    Argentina score

    In the other match, Argentina have scored in the 88th minute! Rojo has scored for Argentina and they lead Nigeria 2-1

    01:16 (IST)27 Jun 2018
    Croatia substitution

    Rakitic in coming on the field for Kovacic. Croatia are doing this for something which should hurt Iceland

    01:06 (IST)27 Jun 2018
    GOAL! Iceland 1-1 Croatia

    GOAL! Sigurdsson scores converts the penalty and Iceland have equalised! But they need one more goal to go through! Iceland 1-1 Croatia

    01:02 (IST)27 Jun 2018
    PENALTY! Iceland

    Iceland deserve a goal and they have a penalty!

    00:54 (IST)27 Jun 2018
    Modric substituted

    Modric is going out for Croatia! Bradaric comes on for the midfielder! Craotia are leading 1-0

    00:48 (IST)27 Jun 2018
    Meanwhile, Nigeria eqaulise

    Nigeria have equalised against Argentina! It's 1-1 now. As it stands, Croatia and Nigeria are going ahead while Iceland and Argentina are going home

    00:47 (IST)27 Jun 2018
    Bar and bar

    Iceland nearly eqaulise but Ingason header hits the bar. There is another ball to him which once again hits the bar. Iceland aren't letting this go

    00:42 (IST)27 Jun 2018
    GOAL! Iceland 0-1 Croatia

    GOAL! Croatia have scored! Badelj with the goal! There is a lot of exchange of possession. After a lot of deflections, Badelj comes running and converts a volley! Croatia take the lead

    00:41 (IST)27 Jun 2018
    Croatia bar

    Badelj with a blast from way outside and it deflects off the defender before hitting the bar. Croatia have a corner which results in nothing

    00:36 (IST)27 Jun 2018
    Iceland free-kick

    Iceland have a free-kick on the left side. Sigurdsson curls but straight into the goalkeeper's hand. Iceland now have a corner.

    00:32 (IST)27 Jun 2018
    Second half

    Players are back on the field for the second half of the game. Just for the sake of making things interesting, Iceland need to score here. 

    00:20 (IST)27 Jun 2018
    HALF-TIME Iceland 0-0 Croatia

    Iceland were brilliant after the slow start and Croatia are in trouble waters. Iceland deserve a goal in the game. With Argentina leading, even a goal would do for Iceland. They need to win this.

    00:17 (IST)27 Jun 2018
    Iceland chance

    Iceland are putting Croatia into trouble. First a kick which was defened well and the header on corner somehow did not go in. Lucky for Croatia

    00:08 (IST)27 Jun 2018
    Iceland move

    Iceland have a couple of set pieces but there is no goal for them. This is better from Iceland though. Croatia have not taken a shot

    00:03 (IST)27 Jun 2018
    What is happening?

    Iceland and Croatia is all about Croatia taking the ball to Iceland box and returning without scoring a goal. Pass, move, pass, move!

    23:47 (IST)26 Jun 2018
    Messi scores for Argentina

    Argentina are 1-0 up against Nigeria in the other match. Lionel Messi with his first goal of the tournament. Live Here

    23:45 (IST)26 Jun 2018
    Bjarnason bleeding

    Bjarnason is on Pjaca and he is tacking him from behind. Pjaca get gives a flying arm and Bjarnason is down. He is bleeding from the face

    23:39 (IST)26 Jun 2018
    Croatia domination

    Croatia are completely dominating possession. Iceland have had an attack but that not benefitted them. Croatia once again come towards Iceland box

    23:32 (IST)26 Jun 2018
    Kick-off

    Croatia vs Iceland kicks off! Iceland are going from right to left and straightaway the ball is inside Croatia's box.

    23:25 (IST)26 Jun 2018
    National Anthems

    Players are out for the Nationals Anthems. Iceland will sing theirs first followed by that of Croatia. Iceland have a great to chance to make a historic progress at this World Cup

    23:23 (IST)26 Jun 2018
    More than a game!

    Croatia have already qualified for the next round. But football is more than just a game for Croatia. Football more than just a game in Croatia

    23:09 (IST)26 Jun 2018
    Iceland need a win

    Iceland are level with Argentina at points. Both teams have one point each. Croatia are in a spledid form in this World Cup. Iceland need to beat Croatia to advance

    22:34 (IST)26 Jun 2018
    Starting XIs

    Iceland Starting XI: Halldórsson, Saevarsson, Ingason, R.Sigurdsson, Magnússon, Bjarnason, Gunnarsson, Hallfredsson, Gudmundsson, Finnbogason, G.Sigurdsson.

    Croatia Sarting XI: Kalinić, Ćorluka, Jedvaj, Ćaleta-Car, Pivarić, Kovačić, Modrić, Badelj, Perišić, Kramarić, Pjaca.

    iceland vs croatia live score

    Croatia know Iceland far too well to be over concerned about calculations regarding the outcome of World Cup Group D as they aim to secure top spot with at least a draw at the Rostov Arena on Tuesday. The Balkan side shone in victories over Nigeria and Argentina to qualify for the last 16 and they will finish first if they avoid losing to Iceland.

    Croatia lost 1-0 to Iceland in a World Cup qualifier and had to go through the playoffs to reach the finals so they will be taking nothing for granted despite speculation that coach Zlatko Dalic could field a second-string team.

    "I don't care what other teams are saying. We mind our own business. What other are commenting, that's their business," Croatian coach Zlatko Dalic told a news conference on Monday.

    "If Croatia had been in another situation nobody would have minded so we're going to do just that: mind our own business," he added, refusing to give a hint on his starting 11 -- notably whether key playmaker Luka Modric would be rested.

    "It is not nice to say we have a reserve team. This is the Croatian national squad, all my players are going to play the same way they played against Nigeria and Argentina."

    Croatia are hoping to emulate the previous golden generation of players who reached the World Cup semi-finals in France 20 years ago.

    "We want to beat Iceland to stay top of our group. We have our own style of play and we are going to stick to it while being watchful on their long balls and set pieces," Dalic said. "We know everything about Iceland and they know everything about us."