World Cup Qualifying - European - Play-Offs - 1st Leg
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Iceland 0-0 Croatia

Ten-man Iceland drew against Croatia in the first leg of their play-off to keep alive their hopes of becoming the smallest nation to reach a World Cup.

The home side twice went close, with Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Alfred Finnbogason wasting good opportunities.

Midfielder Ivan Perisic had the best chance for Croatia when he fired a shot narrowly wide late in the game.

By that stage, Iceland had been reduced to 10 men when Olafur Skulason was shown red after he had impeded Perisic.

That was the second blow suffered by Lars Lagerback's side, who prior to the break were weakened when Ajax striker Sigthorsson came off injured.

"The players did a fantastic job but the referee [Alberto Undiano] didn't have his best day," Lagerback told Icelandic television. "I'm not satisfied.

"Someone watched the replay on TV and they said it [the red card] was very, very questionable, but it wasn't just that. In many situations the referee didn't know if he should blow or not.

"To defend for almost 45 minutes with one less man on the pitch - I can't describe in words what these players have done."

The second leg takes place in Zagreb on Tuesday which will determine who goes through to the World Cup finals in Brazil in June.

Line-ups

Iceland

  • 12Halldórsson
  • 16SkulasonBooked at 50mins
  • 23Skúlason
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 14Arnason
  • 6Sigurdsson
  • 7Gudmundsson
  • 10Sigurdsson
  • 9SigthorssonSubstituted forGudjohnsenat 45'minutes
  • 11FinnbogasonSubstituted forGislasonat 64'minutes
  • 8Bjarnason

Substitutes

  • 1Gunnleifsson
  • 2Jonsson
  • 3Jónasson
  • 4Jónsson
  • 5Ottesen
  • 13Pálsson
  • 15Danielsson
  • 18Smárason
  • 19Gislason
  • 20Bjornsson
  • 21Hallfredsson
  • 22Gudjohnsen

Croatia

  • 1Pletikosa
  • 11Srna
  • 21Pranjic
  • 10Modric
  • 5Corluka
  • 3Simunic
  • 15IlicevicSubstituted forOlicat 45'minutes
  • 7Rakitic
  • 17MandzukicSubstituted forBenkoat 87'minutes
  • 22EduardoSubstituted forRebicat 72'minutes
  • 4Perisic

Substitutes

  • 2Vrsaljko
  • 6Lovren
  • 8Males
  • 9Rebic
  • 12Kalinic
  • 13Schildenfeld
  • 14Benko
  • 16Badelj
  • 18Olic
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 20Kovacic
  • 23Subasic
Referee:
Alberto Undiano Mallenco

Match Stats

Home TeamIcelandAway TeamCroatia
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home4
Away14
Shots on Target
Home0
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home18
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Iceland 0, Croatia 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Iceland 0, Croatia 0.
Attempt missed. Luka Modric (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ante Rebic.
Attempt missed. Ante Rebic (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Leon Benko replaces Mario Mandzukic.
Foul by Ante Rebic (Croatia).
Birkir Bjarnason (Iceland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Ivan Perisic (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mario Mandzukic with a headed pass.
Ivan Rakitic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Eidur Gudjohnsen (Iceland).
Foul by Ivan Perisic (Croatia).
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Iceland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Ante Rebic (Croatia) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Rurik Gislason (Iceland).
Corner, Iceland. Conceded by Mario Mandzukic.
Foul by Danijel Pranjic (Croatia).
Rurik Gislason (Iceland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt blocked. Rurik Gislason (Iceland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Johann Berg Gudmundsson.
Offside, Croatia. Ante Rebic tries a through ball, but Ivica Olic is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Ivan Rakitic (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Ante Rebic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Birkir Bjarnason (Iceland).
Dangerous play by Ivan Perisic (Croatia).
Kári Arnason (Iceland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Vedran Corluka (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ari Freyr Skúlason (Iceland).

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Ante Rebic replaces Eduardo.
Foul by Ivan Perisic (Croatia).
Rurik Gislason (Iceland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Ivan Rakitic (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Luka Modric.
Ivan Perisic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Rurik Gislason (Iceland).
Foul by Ivan Perisic (Croatia).
Kári Arnason (Iceland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Ivan Perisic (Croatia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Birkir Bjarnason.
Attempt saved. Danijel Pranjic (Croatia) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Ari Freyr Skúlason.
Ivan Rakitic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Rurik Gislason (Iceland).
goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Belgium108201426
2Croatia10523317
3Serbia10424714
4Scotland10325-411
5Wales10316-1110
6Macedonia10217-97

B

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Italy106401022
2Denmark10442516
3Czech Rep10433415
4Bulgaria10343513
5Armenia10415-113
6Malta10109-233

C

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Germany109102628
2Sweden10622520
3Austria105231017
4R. of Ireland10424-114
5Kazakhstan10127-155
6Faroe Islands10019-251

D

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Netherlands109102928
2Romania10613719
3Hungary10523117
4Turkey10514716
5Estonia10217-147
6Andorra100010-300

E

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Switzerland107301124
2Iceland10523217
3Slovenia10505315
4Norway10334-312
5Albania10325-211
6Cyprus10127-115

F

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Russia107121522
2Portugal106311121
3Israel10352514
4Azerbaijan10163-49
5Northern Ireland10145-87
6Luxembourg10136-196

G

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Bos-Herze108112425
2Greece10811825
3Slovakia10343113
4Lithuania10325-211
5Latvia10226-108
6Liechtenstein10028-212

H

TeamPWDLGDPts
1England106402722
2Ukraine106312421
3Montenegro10433115
4Poland10343613
5Moldova10325-511
6San Marino100010-530

I

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Spain86201120
2France8521917
3Finland8233-49
4Georgia8125-75
5Belarus8116-94
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