Iceland 1 - 2 Croatia | 26 Jun 2018

Croatia coach Dalic ignoring Argentina's complaints

Croatia coach Dalic ignoring Argentina's complaints

However, Croatia snatched the win in the 90th minute as Badelj turned provider to pick out Ivan Perisic, who slotted home to seal three points and top spot in Group D.

Perisic, with Luka Modric the only first-choice player not rested, struck in the last minute to confirm their last-16 clash with Denmark after Milan Badelj's second-half goal had been cancelled out by Gylfi Sigurdsson's penalty.

Iceland have now lost five of their seven matches against Croatia (W1 D1).

On the stroke of halftime, Aron Gunnarsson fired an angled shot that was bound for the top corner until Lovre Kalinic tipped it away. Gylfi Sigurdsson levelled with a penalty but Ivan Perisic grabbed a last-gasp victor.

Croatia showed none of that lethargy to start the second half, however, and it was in the 53rd minute when Badelj broke through.

The referee pointed straight to the spot with no VAR required and the Everton midfielder soon stepped up to rifle into the roof of the net and draw Iceland level in the 76th minute.

Iceland reacted swiftly. Sverrir Ingason forced Kalinic into another spectacular save seconds before his header shaved the top of the bar.

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

The Croatians settled in well in the early stages, although they struggled to carve out chances in the final third.

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Milan Badelj scored only his second goal for Croatia, with this his first since scoring against Malta in September 2011 during qualifying for Euro 2012. "We have not played many games like this against a strong team like Croatia and created as many chances as we did", he said.

Croatia made nine changes, the most by a team in a World Cup match since England made nine for their match against Costa Rica in 2014.

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