Iceland sunk by late Croatian goal

Croatia's players celebrate their victory at the end of their Russia 2018 World Cup Group D match against Argentina at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod

Croatia looked more energetic at the start of the second spell and almost took the lead in the match in the 51st minute but Milan Badelj's rocket from outside the box crashed against the crossbar. 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 first World Cup adventure came to a valiant end on June 26 as they were beaten 2-1 by Group D winners Croatia due to a late strike from Ivan Perisic, with Argentina qualifying as runners-up instead.

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.

Gylfi Sigurdsson eventually got Iceland back into the game 15 minutes before time by converting a penalty after a handball inside the area.

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.

Shortly after half-time though, Milan Badelj put Croatia in front with a textbook half-volley from Perisic's cross. The midfielder was more accurate two minutes later as he thundered a volley into the back of the net to open the scoring.

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Iceland reacted swiftly. Sverrir Ingason forced Kalinic into another spectacular save seconds before his header shaved the top of the bar.

Croatia showed none of that lethargy to start the second half, however, and it was in the 53rd minute when Badelj broke through.

Iceland pushed forward, and threw men forward in search of a victor which looked increasingly like it would send them through.

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Heimir Hallgrimsson's men were pressurising the Croatians in the final five minutes as they went in search of another goal.

Ivan Perisic has scored three World Cup goals for Croatia - only Davor Suker (6) has scored more.

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