World Cup: Croatia beat Iceland to top Group D

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World Cup: Croatia beat Iceland to top Group D
Croatia's Ivan Perisic celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's second goal during the group D match between Iceland and Croatia, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Rostov: Croatia defeated Iceland 2-1 here on Tuesday to go into the knockout rounds of the 2018 FIFA World Cup as the top team in Group D.

Milan Badelj (53rd) and Ivan Perisic (90th) scored for Croatia.

Gylfi Sigurdsson had rekindled some momentary hopes for Iceland when he converted a penalty in the 76th minute.

Croatia finished the group stage with nine points, having won all their three matches.

Iceland finished at the bottom of the group with one point.

It was a disappointing end to their campaign, which had started with a lot of promise when they held formidable Argentina 1-1 in their opening match.