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.[spacer height=”30px”]
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.[spacer height=”30px”]
FULL TIME: Iceland 1-2 Croatia, Nigeria 1-2 Argentina.
Saturday: Argentina vs France, Uruguay vs Portugal.
— UNILAD Sport (@UNILADFooty) June 26, 2018
[spacer height=”30px”]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.[spacer height=”30px”]
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.[spacer height=”30px”]
Iceland started the brighter of the two teams with Croatia having rested a number of key players.[spacer height=”30px”]
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:[spacer height=”30px”]
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 [spacer height=”30px”]
?? Croatia at 2018 #WorldCup
✅ Croatia 2-0 Nigeria ??
✅ Croatia 3-0 Argentina ??
✅ Croatia 2-1 Iceland ??
? Impressive. pic.twitter.com/24xwQW7J6x
— SPORF (@Sporf) June 26, 2018
[spacer height=”30px”]In their bid for a winner though, the Icelanders made themselves vulnerable at the back, and Ivan Perisić made that pay with a stunning finish from a tight angle right on the final whistle.[spacer height=”30px”]
Man of the match: Gylfi Sigurdsson[spacer height=”30px”]
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.[spacer height=”30px”]
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.[spacer height=”30px”]
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