People were on the edge of their seat at Rostov Arena as Iceland clashed with Croatia in Group D’s last fixture of FIFA World Cup. The scoreline was not in favour of the World Cup debutants (Iceland) as they lost to depleted Croatia side 1-2. The match started with Croatia benching nine players from the last game but the challenge was still big for the Nordic team. However, after 20 minutes in the game, Iceland went with the all-out attack.
The goalless deadlock was maintained till the halftime but with Iceland’s aggression, a result-oriented game was obvious. Milan Badelj got a deflection in the 53rd minute and gave the possible lead to Croats. Iceland won a penalty kick from a handball and Sigurdsson hit it into the roof of the net to get the equaliser.
In the dying minutes of the game, Iceland probably just slipped up and Perisic produced one beauty to get the Croats their third win in as many matches.
All eyes were also glued to the ongoing match between Nigeria and Argentina where everything was at stake for La Albiceleste. The match was stolen by the South Americans as they beat the African side 2-1 to enter the Round of 16.
Now Croatia and Argentina have moved to the Round of 16 from the Group D.