Croatia rout Iceland 2-1, secure top place in Group D


MOSCOW (RUSSIA): Croatia secured first place in Group D on Tuesday after a hard-fought 2-1 win over gallant Iceland in Rostov-on-Don on Tuesday.


Ivan Perisic's last-minute goal ensured Croatia's ends top in Group D with maximum points.

After a dry first half, Milan Badelj gave a lead to Croatia in the 53rd minute. Sverrir Ingason rattled the bar with a header in response for Iceland, but the only way they could beat Croatia goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic on his superb World Cup bow came from the spot.

Gylfi Sigurdsson's 76th-minute penalty gave Iceland hope of mounting a comeback.

But Iceland's fighting spirit ultimately proved for nothing as Perisic securing a third successive win for Croatia in the 90thminute.

Croatia have finished the group stage with nine points, having won all their three matches.

Meanwhile, Iceland finished at the bottom of the group with one point despite starting off with a lot of promise when they held formidable Argentina 1-1 in their opening match.

Croatia will be joined in the last 16 by Argentina following their dramatic 2-1 win over Nigeria.

Croatia will now meet Denmark in the knockout stage in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday. ANI

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