Iceland vs Croatia

Rostov Arena
Jun 26, 2018 23:30 IST
Full Time
G. Sigurdsson
(77')
Badelj
(54')
Perisic
(91')
Hallfredsson
(60')
Finnbogason
(65')
Saevarsson
(85')
Pjaca
(15')
Jedvaj
(84')
Croatia beat Iceland (2 - 1)
  • Iceland
    ISL
    Croatia
    CRO
  • 39%
    POSSESSION
    61%
  • 1
    GOALS
    2
  • 17
    SHOTS
    13
  • 6
    SHOTS ON TARGET
    2
  • 10
    FOULS COMMITED
    12
  • 3
    YELLOW CARDS
    2
  • 0
    RED CARDS
    0
  • 1
    OFF SIDES
    0
  • 10
    CORNER KICKS
    5
Match Info
  • Tournament name FIFA World Cup, 2018
  • Venue Rostov Arena
  • Date Jun 26, 2018 11:30 PM IST
  • Attendance 43472
Match Completed
91'
Perisic
91'
Birkir Bjarnason
Arnor Traustason
86'
Alfred Finnbogason
Albert Gudmundsson
85'
Saevarsson
84'
Jedvaj
82'
Mateo Kovacic
Ivan Rakitic
77'
G. Sigurdsson
71'
Ragnar Sigurdsson
Bjorn Sigurdarson
71'
Marko Pjaca
Dejan Lovren
66'
Luka Modric
Filip Bradaric
65'
Finnbogason
60'
Hallfredsson
54'
Badelj
Half Time
15'
Pjaca
Kick Off

Iceland

4-2-3-1
  • 11
    Alfred Finnbogason
  • 7
    Johann Gudmundsson
    10
    Gylfi Sigurdsson
    8
    Birkir Bjarnason
  • 17
    Aron Gunnarsson
    20
    Emil Hallfredsson
  • 2
    Birkir Saevarsson
    5
    Sverrir Ingason
    6
    Ragnar Sigurdsson
    18
    Hordur Magnusson
  • 1
    Hannes Halldorsson
MIDFIELDER
4
Albert Gudmundsson
Midfielder
21
Arnor Ingvi Traustason
Midfielder
17
Aron Einar Gunnarsson
Midfielder
8
Birkir Bjarnason
Midfielder
20
Emil Hallfredsson
Midfielder
10
Gylfi Thor Sigurdsson
Midfielder
7
Johann Berg Gudmundsson
Midfielder
16
Olafur Ingi Skulason
Midfielder
19
Rurik Gislason
Midfielder
3
Samuel Kari Fridjonsson
Midfielder
GOALKEEPER
12
Frederik August Albrecht Schram
Goalkeeper
1
Hannes Thor Halldorsson
Goalkeeper
13
Runar Alex Runarsson
Goalkeeper
FORWARD
11
Alfred Finnbogason
Forward
9
Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson
Forward
22
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson
Forward
DEFENDER
23
Ari Freyr Skulason
Defender
2
Birkir Mar Saevarsson
Defender
15
Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson
Defender
18
Hordur Bjorgvin Magnusson
Defender
14
Kari Arnason
Defender
6
Ragnar Sigurdsson
Defender
5
Sverrir Ingi Ingason
Defender

Croatia

4-2-3-1
  • 9
    Andrej Kramaric
  • 20
    Marko Pjaca
    8
    Mateo Kovacic
    4
    Ivan Perisic
  • 10
    Luka Modric
    19
    Milan Badelj
  • 13
    Tin Jedvaj
    5
    Vedran Corluka
    15
    Duje Caleta-Car
    22
    Josip Pivaric
  • 12
    Lovre Kalinic
MIDFIELDER
14
Filip Bradaric
Midfielder
7
Ivan Rakitic
Midfielder
10
Luka Modric
Midfielder
11
Marcelo Brozovic
Midfielder
8
Mateo Kovacic
Midfielder
19
Milan Badelj
Midfielder
GOALKEEPER
23
Danijel Subasic
Goalkeeper
1
Dominik Livakovic
Goalkeeper
12
Lovre Kalinic
Goalkeeper
FORWARD
9
Andrej Kramaric
Forward
18
Ante Rebic
Forward
4
Ivan Perisic
Forward
17
Mario Mandzukic
Forward
20
Marko Pjaca
Forward
16
Nikola Kalinic
Forward
DEFENDER
6
Dejan Lovren
Defender
21
Domagoj Vida
Defender
15
Duje Caleta-Car
Defender
3
Ivan Strinic
Defender
22
Josip Pivaric
Defender
2
Sime Vrsaljko
Defender
13
Tin Jedvaj
Defender
5
Vedran Corluka
Defender
90'
Croatia go through dominantly
Iceland played well this match and were close to a win though they lost. They had many opportunities at goal but were not clinical enough to put those chances away. Croatia took advantage of that and were a bit more clinical with their chances. The win gives Croatia all nine points and puts them first in the group. They will move on to face Denmark and they are looking dangerous. Croatia has been one of the best teams this tournament and any side should be afraid to face them.<br> Iceland are unable to move on in their first World Cup. The lost to Nigeria gave them slim chances and although they play a good game against Croatia they could not pull it off. Iceland should be proud of their efforts this tournament and go out with their heads held high. The team is strong and this is still just the beginning for Iceland's national soccer team.
90'
The whistle blows on Iceland's tournament
The ref whistles the end of the game and Croatia takes the victory with a 2-1 score.
90'
Almost the equalizer
Iceland are threatening for an equalizer. Gylfi Sigurdsson puts in a cross which is almost scored by Iceland but the ball goes out for a corner kick.
90'
Four minutes of injury time
There will be four minutes added on to the end of this game. Iceland need at least two goals for even a chance to move on in this World Cup.
90'
Croatia take the lead
Milan Badelj wins the ball in Iceland's half and plays a pass to Ivan Perisic. He takes the ball into the penalty area and takes his shot well from the near post to beat Hannes Halldorsson.
90'
Final substitution
The tired Birkir Bjarnason is subbed off for Arnor Traustason.
90'
Goal
Ivan Perisic. Assist by Milan Badelj (Croatia)
90'
Substitution
Arnor Traustason (on). Birkir Bjarnason (off). (Iceland)
88'
Close for Croatia
Ivan Rakitic takes the freekick and puts the shot at goal. His shot goes just over the crossbar for a goal kick. The more Croatia threaten, the less Iceland is able to attack. Argentina has taken the lead in the other game which would put Argentina through as the second team.
87'
Rakitic wins a freekick
Ivan Rakitic is fouled on the edge of the box by Sverrir Ingi Ingason. This can be a dangerous kick that could lead to a second goal for Croatia.
85'
Iceland substitution
Albert Gudmundsson comes on for Alfred Finnbogason in the final minutes of this match.
85'
Perisic takes a chance
After winning a freekick in Iceland's half, Ivan Perisic takes the kick and attempts a shot on goal. His shot goes over the crossbar and out for a goal kick.
85'
Substitution
Albert Gudmundsson (on). Alfred Finnbogason (off). (Iceland)
84'
Yellow Card
Birkir Saevarsson (Iceland)
83'
Jedvaj gets a yellow
A foul by Tin Jedvaj earns himself a yellow to be the second Croatian player cautioned in this game. The resulting freekick is cleared away from the box.
83'
Yellow Card
Tin Jedvaj (Croatia)
82'
Tired legs showing
Iceland gets a fast break down the field but as the ball gets played to Birkir Bjarnason he is unable to reach the ball due to the tiredness in his legs.
81'
Final Croatian sub
Mateo Kovacic gets substituted off for Ivan Rakitic.
81'
Substitution
Ivan Rakitic (on). Mateo Kovacic (off). (Croatia)
80'
Croatia attack
Croatia has an excellent attacking opportunity but are content to not have a serious chance on goal and instead play it back to their defenders to maintain and control possession. They are okay with seeing this game out for a draw.
76'
Sigurdsson does not miss
After missing a penalty earlier in the tournament, Gylfi Sigurdsson does not waste his second chance. He hammers it into the top of the net and gets the equalizer for his team.
76'
Penalty Kick - Goal
Penalty Kick - Goal - Gylfi Sigurdsson (Iceland)
75'
Iceland get a penalty
Iceland takes the ball down at the Croatian penalty area. Gylfi Sigurdsson tries a cross into the box but it hits the arm of Dejan Lovren who concedes the penalty.
74'
Croatia almost get a second
The slow attacking build-up by Croatia lulls Iceland to sleep. Josip Pivaric does get off a great shot/cross that almost finds its' way into the net but goes wide.
73'
Iceland wasteful
A break down the right side of the field has Alfred Finnbogason rushing down towards the box. He puts a low cross into the box but Birkir Bjarnason is unable to get a good shot and fumbles over the ball.
70'
Iceland makes their first change
Ragnar Sigurdsson is being taken off for Bjorn Sigurdarson. This change is an attacking minded one with Iceland searching for two goals to give them a lead and a shot at moving on.
70'
Substitution
Bjorn Sigurdarson (on). Ragnar Sigurdsson (off). (Iceland)
70'
Substitution
Dejan Lovren (on). Marko Pjaca (off). (Croatia)
69'
Substitutions for Croatia
Marko Pjaca is replaced by defender Dejan Lovren for Croatia.
66'
Kramaric tries his luck
Andrej Kramaric dribbles the ball in his attacking half and eventually finds space for a shot. His shot is blocked by Sverrir Ingi Ingason and it goes out for a Croatian corner.
65'
Substitution
Filip Bradaric (on). Luka Modric (off). (Croatia)
64'
Croatia make a change
Luka Modric is substituted off for Filip Bradaric. This is Bradaric's first appearance this tournament. This is a tactical substitution to give Modric a rest after three straight starts.
64'
Yellow Card
Alfred Finnbogason (Iceland)
63'
Iceland gets a second yellow
Lovre Kalinic comes out to collect the ball in his penalty area and Alfred Finnbogason slides in to challenge. Finnbogason is very late on the play and slides right into Kalinic. This slide earns him a yellow card.
62'
Ball cleared
Luka Modric drifts the ball in from the freekick to the back post but Hannes Halldorsson is able to get his hands on it and punch the ball away.
61'
Pjaca fouled
Marko Pjaca is fouled near the Iceland penalty area, giving a dangerous freekick to Croatia. Luka Modric stands over the bar.
59'
Yellow Card
Emil Hallfredsson (Iceland)
58'
Hallfredsson gets a yellow
Emil Hallfredsson goes into a strong sliding tackle into Marko Pjaca but is late on the play and gives away a freekick while getting himself cautioned.
56'
Iceland close again
Sverrir Ingi Ingason gets his head onto the ball from a corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson. His header hits the crossbar and goes over for a goal kick. ICeland are really threatening for an equalizer as they are fighting for their tournament survival.
55'
Iceland almost equalize
Another long throw-in causes fanger in the area. Lovre Kalinic misses again on the early punch out and Sverrir Ingi Ingason gets a header on target but Kalinic recovers and pushes the ball over the bar for corner.
53'
Croatia score!
Josip Pivaric makes a strong run on the left to get the ball into the middle of the box. It falls to Milan Badelj and he gets the goal for Croatia. His shot is off the volley and he bounces it off the dirt and into the net.
53'
Goal
Milan Badelj. Assist by Josip Pivaric (Croatia)
51'
Badelj hits the crossbar
Croatian take their chance to attack and Milan Badelj gathers the ball at the top of the penalty area. The ball hits the crossbar and goes out.
47'
Iceland with the first chance
Iceland win a freekick in the Croatian half. Gylfi Sigurdsson takes the kick but the ball is too high and far, Lovre Kalinic grabs it easily.
46'
Second half underway
Croatia get the game started. If results hold across both games, Argentina goes out second while Croatia top the group.
45'
Iceland threatening
Iceland have had the better chances in the half and are close to earning the goal that will give them the lead. They need to keep up their attack and balls into the box. Iceland's height has been a big advantage for the team. Crosses into the box continue to be dangerous and have caused the Croatian defense a lot of issues. Croatia has held on defensively with Modric and Kovacic as bright spots for the team. Croatia needs to stay stout defensively and keep Iceland from scoring. Even if Croatia loses, they will still go out top in the group since the Argentina leads Nigeria at the half.
45'
Half-time whistled
That is it for the first-half in this match.
45'
Another Iceland shot
Iceland continue to look dangerous and are working in the attacking half for a goal. Aron Gunnarsson takes a shot that is on-target but Lovre Kalinic is there to push the ball away from goal.
45'
Two more minutes
There will be two minutes of injury time added on to the end of the half.
45'
Iceland almost score
The corner is swung in to the box and Lovre Kalinic misses the initial punch on the ball. It falls to Birkir Bjarnason who takes a shot but Lovre Kalinic is able to come up with a leg save before Iceland commit a foul.
45'
Iceland continue the pressure
It's Hordur Magnusson with the cross this time for Iceland and it almost makes its' way to Alfred Finnbogason but it is cleared for a corner.
44'
Hallfredsson takes a chance
Off a play that started with a long throw-in, Emil Hallfredsson finds himself with the ball in front of the penalty area. He unleashes a hard shot but the ball goes well over the bar and out.
43'
Kramaric with a chance
Croatia work the ball down the field and Tin Jedvaj makes a run down the right side. He puts in a low cross towards Andrej Kramaric. Kramaric is unable to control the ball well and it hits his hand for a Iceland freekick.
40'
Perfect opportunity for Iceland
Milan Badelj gets caught in possession in his defensive half. Alfred Finnbogason gets the ball and plays it to Gylfi Sigurdsson whos plays it back to him in open space. Finnbogasson's shot goes nearly wide and is almost a goal for Iceland.
38'
Open game
As the game has gone on, Iceland look the more dangerous side and have had more of the attacking opportunities though Croatia still dominate possession.
37'
Croatia get a shot
Croatia play with the ball in the attacking half and Luka Modric picks out passes to his teammates. Ivan Perisic receives the ball at the top of the penalty area and takes a shot but the ball goes wide for a goal kick.
34'
Scarmble in the box
The resulting corner is taken and gets to Aron Gunnarsson. He heads it down to Birkir Bjarnason who takes his shot but that shot gets blocked. The ball bounces in the box but not Iceland player is there to get a shot on goal.
33'
Iceland threaten
Birkir Saevarsson makes a blistering run down the right side and gets his cross in towards the box but Duje Caleta-Car is there to clear the ball for a corner kick.
31'
Sigurdsson comes close
With the freekick, Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot on goal. Though the ball is on-target Lovre Kalinic is able to close the distance and grab the ball.
30'
Iceland freekick
After an initial freekick in Croatia's half, Emil Hallfredsson is fouled by Mateo Kovacic near the penalty area and Iceland earn a dangerous freekick.
28'
Shot for Iceland
Iceland won a corner on the right side. The ball is swung into the middle by Johann Gudmundsson reaches the head of Hordur Magnusson but his header goes just wide of the post.
26'
Iceland attack
Iceland win the ball in midfield and make a quick break down the left side but Vedran Corluka blocks Hordur Magnusson cross. Aron Gunnarsson does one of his trademark long throw-ins and Hordur Magnusson attempts to flick it on in front of goal but no Iceland player is able to get to the high ball before it goes out for a goal kick.
22'
Kovacic shinning
Mateo Kovacic is doing excellent work in his defensive half, controlling the ball and making sure Iceland does not win the ball. He is also back-tracking to cover defensively. He is making the most of his first start in this tournament.
19'
Close for Croatia
The corner is played short and Luka Modric receives the ball back. His corner finds its' way to Andrej Kramaric whos' header is cleared. Mateo Kovacic gets the ball from the clearance and he attempts a shot but that shot is deflected behind for another corner. The second corner gets cleared away.
19'
Perisic wins a corner
Mateo Kovacic receives a long throw-in and gets the ball to Ivan Perisic who takes it down the right and puts in a cross that is cleared behind for a corner.
17'
Iceland defend
Croatia have been playing the ball back-and-forth between teammates as they search for a weak link in the Iceland defense. Iceland is staying compact and are defending well, similar to their match against Argentina. They will need to continue this way and look for opportunities on the counter-attack.
14'
Pjaca shown a yellow
Marko Pjaca is given a yellow card for his elbow on Birkir Bjarnason though it seemed to be an accident.
14'
Yellow Card
Marko Pjaca (Croatia)
12'
Bjarnason down
Birkir Bjarnason takes an errant elbow to the face from Marko Pjaca and he goes down. He is currently receiving treatment on the pitch, his nose is bleeding a lot.
11'
Opportunity on the counter
Iceland get a chance on the counter-attack after a sloppy giveaway by Andrej Kramaric. Alfred Finnbogason takes the ball down the right but his cross is blocked and Finnbogasson is the last to touch the ball before it goes out for a corner. Neither team has looked truly threatening so far.
8'
Croatia have an attack of their own
Tin Jedvaj plays with the ball on the right side with Luka Modric. Jedvaj makes his way towards the byline to put in a cross. Hannes Halldorsson reacts well to grab the ball before it reaches anouther Croatian player.
7'
Iceland attack
Gylfi Sigurdsson received the ball on the right side of th field and put in a cross towards the box but Croatia was there to clear the ball away from the danger area.
2'
Croatia in control
Croatia has controlled possession and are content to knock the ball around at mid-field instead of pushing up for an attack. This will be most of their gameplan for today, sit back and don't take too many chances.
1'
Iceland kick-off
Iceland gets the action started. Iceland are in their white jersey's while Croatia will be wearing their black jerey's.
0'
Teams are on the field
Croatia and Iceland have lined up for the national anthems in the final group stage match for these two teams.
0'
Group D - Matchday 3 - Iceland vs Croatia
Croatia are coming off a dominant win over Argentina where they thrashed the South American side 3-0. The win secured their spot in the next round as they sit on six points from two wins. The team currently sits first in the group and the only way the fall out of that position is by losing to Iceland and Nigeria beats Argentina by a large margin. With that in mind, Dalic Zlatko has made numerous changes to his side. Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic are the only two remaining starters from the game against Argentina though Croatia stays in the same 4-2-3-1 formation. The squad need only play for a draw and may not attack with as much fervor as they have previously. <br> Iceland got a wonderous result against Argentina in their first game with a tie but the team collapsed against Nigeria and suffered a 0-2 defeat. They are on the brink of elimination and only a win keeps their hopes alive. A win is the only way the team gets through to the next round. Iceland must come out and attack early to start scoring goals. It will be a tough task since Croatia are likely to sit in and defend this match. Iceland has changed formation and have mixed up the starting team. The team moves to a 4-2-3-1 formation from a 4-4-2. Sverrir Ingason, Emil Hallfredsson, and Johann Gudmondsson get the start and Kari Arnason, Rurik Gisladon, and Jon Bodvarsson head to the bench. This is a must win match for Iceland if they look to replicate their miraculous run in the Euro's two years ago.