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Croatia Eliminate Iceland to Complete Perfect Group Stage Run, Win Group D

Croatia Eliminate Iceland to Complete Perfect Group Stage Run, Win Group D”

Argentina took second place and will face France after beating Nigeria 2-1, a result that sent the third-placed African team packing.

Iceland vs Croatia Live Score FIFA World Cup 2018 Live Streaming: 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.

Shortly after half-time though, Milan Badelj put Croatia in front with a textbook half-volley from Perisic's cross.

Needing only one more goal to progress after Argentina regained the lead against Nigeria, Iceland pressed for a victor but were caught out in injury time when Perisic brought the ball down on the left of the area and fired beyond Hannes Halldorsson to give them a ideal record in Group D.

Alfred Finnbogason and Birkir Bjarnason missed chances to break the deadlock before Milan Badelj netted early in the second half for Croatia.

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.

The Iceland defender Sverrir Ingason almost scored twice just moments later, heading just over and then again off the crossbar. 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. Perisic flew into the left of the box in the last minute and powered a shot through the hands of Hannes Halldorsson to seal their fate. In 2013, the two were pitted together in the playoff round of UEFA World Cup qualifying, with Croatia denying Iceland its first trip to the World Cup.

After a quiet opening with little action, Iceland started to gain control and apply pressure.

Iceland and Croatia have crossed paths plenty in recent years.

With qualification assured, coach Zlatko Dalic fielded the youngest Croatia team at a World Cup, making nine changes from the team who beat Argentina 3-0, and even if it struggled at times, his players were clinical.



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