Iceland’s slim ambition of advancing into the knock out stage of FIFA World Cup 2018 was practically ended on Tuesday as they were beaten by Croatia 2-1.
Knowing their only hope of advancing was by beating their Balkan based opponent, Our Boys tried to push hard for victory straight from kick off.
However, it was not easy to break down Zlatko Dalic’s side, despite they rotate some of their starting line up and basically resting several important players.
After a goalless first 45 minutes, things finally opening up early in the second half when Milan Badelj opened the scoring for Vatreni.
Iceland reacted positively though after going down as they created several dangerous opportunities before eventually getting back on level terms through a penalty from Gylfi Siggurdsson.
Heimir Hallgrimsson’s side were actually within a shot in advancing should they netted another goal, but instead of scoring the winner for himself it was Croatia that bagged all three points as they scored again through Ivan Perisic’s late strike.
Considering the goal from Perisic arrived in such late manner, there’s simply not enough time for an equalizing goal let alone potential winner.
Certainly a disappointing ending to Iceland’s somewhat promising campaign in this World Cup, which they started by holding Argentina 1-1.