Ivan Perisic scored late on to secure a hard-fought 2-1 victory for Croatia over Iceland. His late goal ensured Croatia topped Group D with maximum points as they knocked out Iceland. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty gave Iceland hope of mounting a comeback following Milan Badelj’s opener, but Perisic made sure of the points for Croatia in the dying minutes of the game.
Moreover Argentina’s late night heroics in securing a last moment victory over Nigeria somehow tragically ended Iceland’s hopes of progressing despite their all round heroics in this tournament.
True to their Viking origins, the team from the nation famous mostly for the Northern Nights and deep frosty climate scripted history and their names into the local folklore by drawing with Argentina in their first match and their goalkeeper having saved a penalty from the Legendary Lionel Messi. However a subsequent loss to Nigeria and now last nights unfortunate loss means their journey in the Fifa World Cup is officially over.
FULL TIME: Iceland 1-2 Croatia, Nigeria 1-2 Argentina.
Saturday: Argentina vs France, Uruguay vs Portugal.
— UNILAD Sport (@UNILADFooty) June 26, 2018
Croatia will now meet Denmark in the round of 16 on Sunday, while Iceland’s maiden appearance at a World Cup comes to an end.
Iceland started the brighter of the two teams with Croatia having rested a number of key players.
After a slow first half that saw Iceland create a ton of chances against a team resting some of its stars, Milan Badelj of Croatia that opened the scoring in the 53rd minute:
But the Nordic team got one back on a penalty kick in the 76th minute. It was Gylfi Sigurdsson, who missed a Penalty in the last game vs Nigeria, finding the back of the net from the penalty spot
?? Croatia at 2018 #WorldCup
✅ Croatia 2-0 Nigeria ??
✅ Croatia 3-0 Argentina ??
✅ Croatia 2-1 Iceland ??
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— SPORF (@Sporf) June 26, 2018
Man of the match: Gylfi Sigurdsson
Iceland’s talisman produced when it was needed from his country – scoring a nerveless penalty and being at the heart of everything they did well on the night.
Iceland leave with their heads held high after performing admirably at their first ever World Cup. Croatia now go to Nizhny Novgorod to play Denmark.