Ivan Perisic capitalized on a defensive error to score a 90th-minute victor Tuesday, giving Croatia a 2-1 win over Iceland and first place in Group D on Tuesday. Gylfi Sigurdsson levelled with a penalty but Ivan Perisic grabbed a last-gasp victor.
Luka Modric and Ivan Rakatic have been excellent for Croatia.
Croatia is in a great position to clinch the top spot in Group D at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.
Hordur Magnusson, fresh from a move to CSKA Moscow from Bristol City, nodded a Gylfi Sigurdsson delivery beyond the post from a corner, before doing likewise from a tougher angle from the kind of long throw that gave England nightmares two years ago.
Iceland made three changes from their defeat to Nigeria, with Johann Gudmundsson the most notable change back in midfield, replacing Rurik Gislason.
Iceland reacted swiftly. Sverrir Ingason forced Kalinic into another spectacular save seconds before his header shaved the top of the bar.
They threw everything forward but to no avail.
The chance was to prove a signifier for an improved Croatia who came back just a few minutes later to finally break the deadlock. In 2013, the two were pitted together in the playoff round of UEFA World Cup qualifying, with Croatia denying Iceland its first trip to the World Cup.
For all of Croatia's dominance, Iceland did pose a real threat on the counter attack but they were let down by their decision-making in the final third of the pitch.
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Croatia scored with both of their shots on target in this match.
As a result, the first stanza ended goalless, although Iceland had the slight upper hand. "We have not played many games like this against a strong team like Croatia and created as many chances as we did", he said.
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"We showed we deserve to be here and we can compete against the best".