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Croatia keeps Iceland of qualification and picks up 9 on 9

Croatia has Tuesday in Rostov-on-Don with 1-2 won by Iceland. The Croats tackle for the first time in their history 9 on 9 in the group stage of a world cup and finishing as leader in group D. In the eighth-finals is Croatia against Denmark. Argentina, with 1-2 won Nigeria qualified as second.

The Icelandic goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson in action © AFP

Croatia was won against Nigeria (2-0) and Argentina (0-3) are already certain of qualification, which focus on the field translated to an aging B-team. Got so under more star player Ivan Rakitic quiet. The Icelanders were a suit strijdvaardiger. With a win, they had a fair chance to qualify for the next round.

To the end of the first half came the Icelanders through. The plaatsballetje of Alfred Finnbogason went close next. Sverrir Ingason saw his attempt later to be rescued by AA Gent-goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic.

In the second half seemed to Croatia than yet want to get into the match. After he first turned aside shot at the crossbar saw bursting, doubted Milan Badelj (53.) not when he has the ball for the foot got in the sixteen meters. The midfielder of Fiorentina, scored as the second interlandgoal of his career. Iceland came immediately with an answer by Ingason. In less than a minute saw the former player of Lokeren, a header over and another against the crossbar beaches.

In the 76th minute put referee Antonio Mateu the ball on the spot after Croatian handplay. Gylfi Sigurdsson, which will be against Nigeria a penalty kick missed, kicked the ball this time against the nets. Just before the end of the regular time pushed ex-native of bruges , Ivan Perisic (90.) the Icelandic hoping to get the head in.

Croatia will thus for the first time in history 9 on 9 in the group stage of a world cup. Argentina (4 points) climbs over Nigeria to the second place and is thus also qualified. Nigeria follows with 3 points. Iceland is last and must make do with 1 point.

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