Croatia top group after last minute winner against Iceland

Croatia top group after last minute winner against Iceland

They began their campaign brightly with a 1-1 draw against Lionel Messi's Argentina but that would be their only point as they finished bottom of Group D.

Buoyed by the cacophonic "Viking Thunder Clap" from the crowd, Iceland poured forward in search of the goal which would see them through into the knockout stages but it was Croatia who would laugh last, as Ivan Perisic stole in to break Icelandic hearts as the game moved into stoppage time.

Just before the break, a drive by Alfred Finnbogasson whistled past the post.

A revamped but businesslike Croatia topped their World Cup group as Ivan Perisic's 90th-minute goal helped them maintain their ideal record with a 2-1 win on Tuesday that also ended Iceland's qualification hopes.

"We had the chance to get the goal we needed; it was a shock to concede one but we didn't give up".

Midway through the period it was the Nordic side, who had beaten Croatia in qualifying for Russian Federation, who took control, threatening from set-pieces and interceptions.

Milan Badelj crashed a volley against the bar, and moments later scored for Croatia in the 53rd minute, sprinting into the area to fire a bouncing shot past goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson.

Iceland had to claim their first ever World Cup victory to have a chance of advancing and, urged on by fans chanting their famous Viking thunderclap, nearly equalised immediately.

But as Iceland strained for the victor and a berth in the last 16 it was Croatia who threatened, free-kicks by Perisic and Rakitic worrying Halldorsson.

Iceland manager Heimir Hallgrimsson admitted his "proud" team's "batteries" were on empty following a 2-1 World Cup-ending loss to Croatia on Tuesday.

Then on 90 minutes, Perisic delivered the final blow.

Sverrir Ingason forced Kalinic to another spectacular save, seconds before his header shaved the top of the bar.

"We did not look the best on the pitch today, but it's important to win on such occasions", said Perisic. "We have our own style of play and we are going to stick to it while being watchful on their long balls and set pieces", Dalic said.

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