Croatia 2-1 Iceland

Croatia's players celebrate their victory at the end of their Russia 2018 World Cup Group D match against Argentina at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod

World Cup debutants Iceland proved they can compete against the top teams and will depart Russian Federation with their heads held high even if they failed to win a single game, Hallgrimsson said after the match. Instead, the Croats will face Denmark on Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod and Argentina will take on France on Saturday in Kazan.

Iceland exited their debut World Cup at the group stage on Tuesday after missing several chances against Croatia and falling to a 2-1 defeat.

Needing only one more goal to progress after Argentina regained the lead against Nigeria, Iceland pressed for a victor but were caught out in injury time when Perisic brought the ball down on the left of the area and fired beyond Hannes Halldorsson to give them a flawless record in Group D.

Croatia had its first clear chance when Milan Badelj's missile crashed onto the bar six minutes into the second half.

Sverrir Ingason forced Kalinic to another spectacular save, seconds before his header shaved the top of the bar. Johann Berg Gudmundsson stole possession before trying to set Alfred Finnbogason away, only to be denied by an interception from Dulje Caleta-Car.

Croatia were seemingly caught napping going into the break as Kalinic was called on once more, this time diving high to his right to keep out Aron Gunnarsson's curling effort from the edge of the box.

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In the second half Croatia stepped up a level and Badelj struck the bar with a deflection.

Croatia topped Group D with three wins.

Heimir Hallgrimsson's men were pressurising the Croatians in the final five minutes as they went in search of another goal.

Josip Pivaric moved down the left and his cross into the middle saw Badelj arriving late, leaving the midfielder to volley adroitly into the ground and past Halldorsson. Everton's Sigurdsson got his redemption after his miss in the match day two encounter with Nigeria, emphatically thundering home on 76 minutes.

Iceland and Croatia were in the same qualifying group for the World Cup and landed in the same group at the World Cup.

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