World Cup Qualifying - European - Play-Offs - 2nd Leg
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Croatia 2-0 Iceland

Ten-man Croatia reached the 2014 World Cup finals with a 2-0 win over Iceland in Zagreb following a goalless first leg.

Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic scored first in the 27th minute - but was sent off for a challenge on Johann Gudmundsson just before half-time.

Shakhtar Donetsk's Darijo Srna secured the win with a low drive from inside the box early in the second half.

Iceland are still waiting to appear in their first major tournament finals.

The visitors had nearly stunned a hostile crowd early on when Croatia keeper Stipe Pletikosa parried a stinging Gylfi Sigurdsson shot, with Alfred Finnbogason well offside as he put the rebound into the net.

Iceland keeper Hannes Halldorsson kept out a swerving Srna free kick midway through the first half, but was powerless just before the half-hour mark when Mandzukic showed a predator's instinct to turn the ball in from close range after a deflected Ivan Rakitic cross from the left.

Mandzukic saw a stooping header turned around the post shortly afterwards but then gave Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers no choice but to send him off after a dangerous lunging tackle on Gudmundsson.

Despite being down to 10 men, Croatia went further in front as Srna's sublime finish settled their nerves.

He rifled in a low shot as he cut in on the right flank after a darting run and pinpoint delivery by midfielder Mateo Kovacic.

Croatia coach Niko Kovac:

"I want to thank [previous coach] Igor Stimac for steering us into the play-offs but most of all I wish to thank the players for leaving it all out there on the pitch tonight, I am very proud of them."

Iceland forward Eidur Gudjohnsen:

"Croatia was a better and more experienced opponent and showed its strength. Still, we have to be proud of what we have done in this World Cup campaign."

Line-ups

Croatia

  • 1Pletikosa
  • 11Srna
  • 21Pranjic
  • 10ModricSubstituted forLovrenat 89'minutes
  • 5Corluka
  • 3SimunicBooked at 51mins
  • 4Perisic
  • 7Rakitic
  • 17MandzukicBooked at 38mins
  • 20KovacicSubstituted forRebicat 74'minutes
  • 18OlicBooked at 7minsSubstituted forJelavicat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Vrsaljko
  • 6Lovren
  • 8Males
  • 9Jelavic
  • 12Kalinic
  • 13Schildenfeld
  • 14Benko
  • 15Rebic
  • 16Badelj
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 22Eduardo
  • 23Subasic

Iceland

  • 12Halldórsson
  • 2Saevarsson
  • 23Skúlason
  • 17GunnarssonSubstituted forHallfredssonat 72'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 14Arnason
  • 6SigurdssonBooked at 44mins
  • 7Gudmundsson
  • 10Sigurdsson
  • 11Finnbogason
  • 22GudjohnsenSubstituted forGislasonat 64'minutes
  • 8Bjarnason

Substitutes

  • 1Gunnleifsson
  • 3Jónasson
  • 4Jónsson
  • 5Ottesen
  • 13Pálsson
  • 15Danielsson
  • 16Jonsson
  • 18Smárason
  • 19Gislason
  • 20Bjornsson
  • 21Hallfredsson
Referee:
Bjorn Kuipers

Match Stats

Home TeamCroatiaAway TeamIceland
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home19
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home16
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Croatia 2, Iceland 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Croatia 2, Iceland 0.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Iceland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Dangerous play by Darijo Srna (Croatia).
Attempt saved. Ante Rebic (Croatia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ivan Perisic.
Ari Freyr Skúlason (Iceland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Croatia).
Foul by Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Iceland).
Darijo Srna (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Alfred Finnbogason (Iceland).
Danijel Pranjic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Dejan Lovren replaces Luka Modric.
Attempt missed. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Iceland) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rurik Gislason.
Foul by Ivan Perisic (Croatia).
Birkir Bjarnason (Iceland) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Nikica Jelavic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Emil Hallfredsson (Iceland).
Attempt missed. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Iceland) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Birkir Saevarsson.
Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Croatia).
Ragnar Sigurdsson (Iceland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Emil Hallfredsson (Iceland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Luka Modric (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Emil Hallfredsson (Iceland).
Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Croatia).
Ari Freyr Skúlason (Iceland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Darijo Srna (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Alfred Finnbogason (Iceland).
Foul by Darijo Srna (Croatia).
Ari Freyr Skúlason (Iceland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Vedran Corluka (Croatia) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Birkir Bjarnason (Iceland).
Luka Modric (Croatia) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Rurik Gislason (Iceland).

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Nikica Jelavic replaces Ivica Olic.
Corner, Iceland. Conceded by Vedran Corluka.
Foul by Ante Rebic (Croatia).
Rurik Gislason (Iceland) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt saved. Danijel Pranjic (Croatia) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ivica Olic.
Ivan Perisic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Emil Hallfredsson (Iceland).

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Ante Rebic replaces Mateo Kovacic.
Attempt blocked. Rurik Gislason (Iceland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Substitution

Substitution, Iceland. Emil Hallfredsson replaces Aron Gunnarsson.
Luka Modric (Croatia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ari Freyr Skúlason (Iceland).
Foul by Darijo Srna (Croatia).
Alfred Finnbogason (Iceland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Ari Freyr Skúlason.
Luka Modric (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Iceland).
Attempt blocked. Danijel Pranjic (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Ivan Perisic (Croatia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luka Modric.

Substitution

Substitution, Iceland. Rurik Gislason replaces Eidur Gudjohnsen.
Attempt missed. Alfred Finnbogason (Iceland) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Birkir Bjarnason with a cross.
Ivica Olic (Croatia) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Hannes Thór Halldórsson.
Attempt saved. Mateo Kovacic (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ivica Olic.
Darijo Srna (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ari Freyr Skúlason (Iceland).
Darijo Srna (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Alfred Finnbogason (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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