A potential 2-1 win for the European team, combined with a 2-0 victory for the Argentines, will see both teams equal in every criteria. We have to be proud of that. In 2013, the two were pitted together in the playoff round of UEFA World Cup qualifying, with Croatia denying Iceland its first trip to the World Cup.
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. "The players should have a lot of credit for this game".
"The players showed what they're all about, we had chance to progress till the dying minutes. There was no percentage left on our batteries in the last minutes".
As expected, Croatia bossed the midfield and Iceland was perfectly happy with the scenario, looking to hit their opponents on the break.
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Panama will look to their superstar Roman Torres who Captains the side and scored the goal that got them to the World Cup . If we keep the ball, keep to the style we've been playing, I think we'll be fine".
The Iceland fans started the night's first "Thunder Clap" in support of midfielder Birkir Bjarnason, who briefly left the pitch with a bloodied nose after clashing with Marko Pjaca's elbow.
After a quiet opening with little action, Iceland started to gain control and apply pressure.
On the stroke of halftime, Aron Gunnarsson fired an angled shot that was bound for the top corner until Lovre Kalinic tipped it away.
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With four goals in two matches in 2018 edition, Lukaku has a total of seven World Cup goals, which is Belgium's all-time highest. Martínez added: "It was a knock that he had late in the first half and he tried to play through it and he couldn't".
Croatia had their first clear chance when Milan Badelj's missile crashed onto the bar six minutes into the second half. Everton's Sigurdsson got his redemption after his miss in the match day two encounter with Nigeria, emphatically thundering home on 76 minutes.
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Iceland challenged almost immediately, with a first headers by Ingason tipped over the crossbar by Kalinic and a second glancing off of it.
However, Lovren conceded a penalty soon after when he was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area, with the spot kick subsequently dispatched by Gylfi Sigurdsson.
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It was a remarkable day's cricket, but you wouldn't want every day to be like this. In Cardiff and Nottingham , their bowlers were dispatched for over 820 runs.