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Laugardalsvollur Stadium (ATT 9,768) 15th November 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: A Undiano Mallenco

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World Cup qualifying play-offs: Ten-man Iceland draw 0-0 with Croatia

Last Updated: 15/11/13 11:35pm

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Gudmundsson: Tries to squeeze past Pranjic and Corluka

Gudmundsson: Tries to squeeze past Pranjic and Corluka

Croatia are in pole position to reach the World Cup finals after they secured a 0-0 draw with 10-man Iceland in their play-off in Reykjavik.

Iceland - with a population of just over 300,000 - are hoping to become the smallest nation to play in the finals but they had few chances on Friday and were distinctly second best to their visitors in Friday night's first leg at the Laugardalsvollur Stadium.

However, they are still in with a chance after they held Croatia despite having to play all but six minutes of the second half with 10 men following the dismissal of Olafur Ingi Skulason for a professional foul on Ivan Perisic.

Iceland went on the attack from the off and in just the second minute Vedran Corluka was forced to block Gylfi Sigurdsson's shot from the centre of the area, the ball going out for a corner which came to nothing.

Despite the hosts making a marginally better start to the game, neither side was creating anything clear-cut or testing the opposition goalkeeper.

Perisic was involved in everything Croatia were doing, firing over from 25 yards - but in reality there was little of note from either side in the opening half-hour.

Corluka cleared Sigurdsson's free-kick before the visitors came closest to breaking the deadlock when Hannes Thor Halldorsson saved Danijel Pranjic's cross with his feet.

Perisic's 20-yard shot was comfortably gathered by Halldorsson but the game reached half-time goalless.

Alfred Finnbogason fired wide for Iceland but the hosts' task became harder just minutes after half-time when Skulason was dismissed for a professional foul on Perisic.

Mario Mandzukic's resultant free-kick was parried by the keeper before Ivica Olic's long-range effort was comfortably gathered by Halldorsson.

Perisic's shot from the centre of the area was then parried by the keeper as the first eight minutes of the second half showed more attacking urgency than the entire first 45 minutes.

The hosts were then indebted to the goalkeeper as he kept out Olic's close-range shot as Croatia attempted to turn the screw.

Iceland weathered the storm though and Pranjic shot from distance although his effort was easily held by Halldorsson.

Ivan Rakitic's shot was fumbled before being eventually being held by the keeper, Perisic's free-kick hit the wall and the same player fired wide.

Perisic fired over the bar as the clock ticked down. The second leg takes place in Zagreb on Tuesday night.


IcelandTeam StatisticsCroatia
0Goals0
01st Half Goals0
0Shots on Target6
2Shots off Target5
2Blocked Shots3
3Corners4
18Fouls16
0Offsides2
0Yellow Cards0
1Red Cards0
65.7Passing Success85.5
12Tackles13
75Tackles Success92.3
31.5Possession68.5
45.8Territorial Advantage54.2
268Total Passes574
6Total Crosses31
132Lost Balls143
48Recoveries72
37.21st Half Poss.62.8
26.12nd Half Poss.73.9

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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

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Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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