Iceland eliminated despite spirited display in loss to Croatia in Rostov

Croatia coach Dalic ignoring Argentina's complaints

Croatia coach Dalic ignoring Argentina's complaints

The only two players in the Croatia line-up to keep their places were The only two players to keep their places from the 3-0 win over Argentina were Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic.

A revamped but businesslike Croatia has topped its World Cup Group D as Ivan Perisic's last-gasp goal helped it maintain its flawless record with a 2-1 win that also ended Iceland's qualification hopes.

Croatia has gone through the group stages unbeaten after a 2-1 win against Iceland in Rostov on Tuesday night.

Iceland came close to leading before the break but Birkir Bjarnason had two shots from corners blocked, and Lovre Kalinic pulled off a fine flying save to keep out Aron Gunnarsson.

But Iceland responded with intensity and intent, with a Sverrir Ingason needing touching over, and moments later he too smacked the crossbar.

He was one of nine players drafted into the Croatia XI after Thursday's win against Argentina, but one wouldn't have suspected there were so many alterations based on the sustained quality of their play.

Iceland was rewarded in the 76th minute when second-half substitute Dejan Lovren handled the ball and Sigurdsson rifled the resulting penalty into the roof of the net.

Cesc Fàbregas not convinced by Cristiano Ronaldo hype
Febregas made comments he wrote in a column for BBC Sport , also discussing Argentina's struggles and praising Messi. They should be proud to have Messi in their national team.

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

Iceland pushed forward, and threw men forward in search of a victor which looked increasingly like it would send them through.

Sent into space on the left of the area the Inter Milan winger blasted a shot that ended both the game and Iceland's World Cup and put Croatia through to a match against the Danes in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday.

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

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.

Milan Badelj of Croatia celebrates after scoring his team's first goal against Iceland.

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