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

Iceland's goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson (right) makes a save during the first-leg World Cup 2014 play-off v 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

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium108201841426
2Croatia10523129317
3Serbia104241811714
4Scotland10325812-411
5Wales10316920-1110
6Macedonia10217716-97

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy106401991022
2Denmark104421712516
3Czech Rep10433139415
4Bulgaria10343149513
5Armenia104151213-113
6Malta10109528-233

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany1091036102628
2Sweden106221914520
3Austria1052320101017
4R. of Ireland104241617-114
5Kazakhstan10127621-155
6Faroe Islands10019429-251

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands109103452928
2Romania106131912719
3Hungary105232120117
4Turkey10514169716
5Estonia10217620-147
6Andorra100010030-300

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland107301761124
2Iceland105231715217
3Slovenia105051411315
4Norway103341013-312
5Albania10325911-211
6Cyprus10127415-115

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Russia107122051522
2Portugal106312091121
3Israel103521914514
4Azerbaijan10163711-49
5Northern Ireland10145917-87
6Luxembourg10136726-196

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bos-Herze108113062425
2Greece10811124825
3Slovakia103431110113
4Lithuania10325911-211
5Latvia102261020-108
6Liechtenstein10028425-212

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England106403142722
2Ukraine106312842421
3Montenegro104331817115
4Poland103431812613
5Moldova103251217-511
6San Marino100010154-530

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain86201431120
2France8521156917
3Finland823359-49
4Georgia8125310-75
5Belarus8116716-94
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