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Maksimir Stadium (ATT 25,000) 19th November 2013 - Kick off 19:15 Ref: B Kuipers

Croatia Croatia vs Iceland Iceland

Croatia (2) 2

M Mandzukic (27, S/O 38)
D Srna (47)

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Iceland (0) 0

World Cup qualifiers: Croatia comfortably beat Iceland 2-0 to qualify

Last Updated: 19/11/13 11:22pm

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Mario Mandzukic: Celebrates his opener

Mario Mandzukic: Celebrates his opener

Croatia comfortably won their play-off second leg against Iceland to qualify for next summer's World Cup with a 2-0 win.

Mario Mandzukic scored but was then sent off, all within the first half, and Darijo Srna netted a second early in the second period.

Iceland could find no way back and a 2-0 scoreline was enough to see Niko Kovac's side to Brazil.

Croatia dominated from the outset, with Kari Arnason blocking Luka Modric's effort and Darijo Srna's free-kick brilliantly saved by Hannes Thor Halldorsson.

Mandzukic headed Ivan Rakitic's corner over but fared better in the 27th minute, side-footing firmly home at the far post when another Rakitic delivery was scuffed across goal by Ivan Perisic.

The striker was denied after diverting Srna's mis-hit shot towards goal and then saw his involvement ended after 37 minutes.

Having miscontrolled the ball, Mandzukic stretched to recover possession but instead caught Johann Berg Gudmundsson with his raised studs and was shown a straight red card.

Iceland's only response before the interval was a weak Gudmundsson effort easily saved by Stipe Pletikosa and a blast over the bar from Gylfi Sigurdsson.

With nine shots to two, six corners to nil and 66 per cent possession, Croatia were good value for their lead and they added a second goal two minutes after half-time.

Following a good run by Mateo Kovacic, Srna's bobbling angled drive eluded Halldorsson's weak dive and found the net as the keeper reacted too late.

Halldorsson made a good save to deny Perisic and from the resulting corner, Ivica Olic's overhead effort hit the crossbar.

Iceland appealed in vain for a penalty after Rurik Gislason went down under Josip Simunic's challenge but the visitors were struggling to create any clear chances.

Their best effort came when captain Sigurdsson fired a left-foot effort just over with five minutes remaining and Croatia could even have made it 3-0 through substitute Ante Rebic late on.


CroatiaTeam StatisticsIceland
2Goals0
11st Half Goals0
8Shots on Target1
6Shots off Target4
5Blocked Shots2
9Corners1
16Fouls21
0Offsides1
2Yellow Cards2
1Red Cards0
77.2Passing Success76.8
16Tackles6
68.8Tackles Success66.7
49.6Possession50.4
53.1Territorial Advantage46.9
377Total Passes393
34Total Crosses15
139Lost Balls141
52Recoveries42
65.81st Half Poss.34.2
33.32nd Half Poss.66.7

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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
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

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
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

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
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

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
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

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
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

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
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

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
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

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
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

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
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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