The journey is over for the Icelandic team in its first World Cup, as the team lost against Croatia today at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don. The scores were level, 0-0, at half-time after a tight first half in which Iceland had a couple of decent chances, Alfreð Finnbogason came close to scoring after a one-two with Gyfli Sigurðsson.
The midfielder Milan Badelj put Croatia 1-0 up after 51 minutes, after having struck the crossbar minutes earlier. Sverrir Ingi Ingason hit the crossbar after 55 minutes before Gylfi Sigurðsson drew Iceland level from the spot after 74 minutes. Finally, Ivan Perisic put Croatia ahead 2-1 in the final minutes of the match.
Iceland had already drawn 1-1 against Argentina in its opening match and lost 2-0 against Nigeria in the following match. Iceland needed Argentina to win against Nigeria to qualify, as well as a win against Croatia. The Icelandic team came close to qualifying for the knockout stages of the World Cup, which would have been an incredible achievement.
This is the first time Strákarnir okkar (Our Boys) takes part in the men’s FIFA World Cup. Iceland is the smallest ever nation, in terms of population, to qualify for the World Cup.
We are proud of Our Boys. Áfram Ísland!