World Cup: Croatia Cruise Into Knockout Stages After 2-1 Win Over Iceland (Photos & Video)

Alan Duffy

26th, June 2018

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Croatia made it three wins out of three as they finished their impressive Group D campaign with a 2-1 win over Iceland, who failed to reach the knockout stages in their first-ever World Cup.

Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic put out a much-changed 11 against Iceland, with qualification already assured.

Iceland came close to opening the scoring in the first period, with Alfred Finnbogason and Birkir Bjarnason both going close.

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However, on 51 minutes, Croatia would open the scoring, with Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj thumping home from inside the box.

Iceland fought back, with Sverrir Ingason hitting the bar.

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On 76 minutes, the Nordic side did get back on level terms, with Gylfi Sigurdsson scoring from the penalty spot after Dejan Lovren had handled the ball in the box.

Iceland now chased a victory which could have fired them into the last Last 16.

However, instead it was Croatia who would score the third and final goal of the encounter, with Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic netting the decsisive goal.

The game would end in a 2-1 win for the impressive Croats, who now face Denmark in the Last 16 on Sunday.

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Despite a decent showing on their World Cup debut, Iceland finish bottom of Group D, with just a single point to their name.

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  1. Dr.Cajetan Coelho says:

    Iceland fought well. This Croatian side is full of big names from big clubs. Congratulations to the winners and all the best to Iceland in their future campaigns.

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