Play-off for Final Tournament, Second leg - 19/11/2013 - 20:15CET (20:15 local time) - Stadion Maksimir - Zagreb
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Aggregate: 2-0 

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Croatia end Iceland's World Cup dream

Published: Tuesday 19 November 2013, 23.08CET
Croatia 2-0 Iceland (agg: 2-0 )
Mario Mandžukić opened the scoring but was then sent off, as Niko Kovač's team ended Iceland's dream by booking their ticket to Brazil.
by Elvir Islamovic
from Zagreb
Croatia end Iceland's World Cup dream
Croatia captain Darijo Srna celebrates scoring his team's second goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CroatiaIceland

Goals scored2
 
0
Total attempts19
 
5
Attempts on target11
 
2
off target4
 
3
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners8
 
1
Offsides0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
17
Fouls suffered16
 
9

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Published: Tuesday 19 November 2013, 23.08CET

Croatia end Iceland's World Cup dream

Croatia 2-0 Iceland (agg: 2-0 )
Mario Mandžukić opened the scoring but was then sent off, as Niko Kovač's team ended Iceland's dream by booking their ticket to Brazil.

Croatia beat Iceland 2-0 in Zagreb to book their place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil next summer – despite playing much of the contest with ten men.

Mario Mandžukić opened the scoring on 27 minutes but was sent off shortly after making the breakthrough. Captain Darijo Srna struck to ease any nerves almost immediately after half-time, inflicting a body blow from which Iceland never recovered.

Croatia were held to a 0-0 draw by Iceland in Reykjavik on Friday and Niko Kovač's men were keen to stamp their authority on this play-off second leg, attacking from the outset. Their early headway was rewarded midway through the first half, Mandžukić staying cool after Ivan Rakitić's left-wing cross was redirected by Ivan Perišić into the FC Bayern München forward's path. It took just 11 minutes for Mandžukić's joy to vanish, though, a straight red card brandished for his foul on Aron Gunnarsson.

But the expected Iceland pressure was not forthcoming before the interval, and two minutes into the second half young midfielder Mateo Kovačić provided the spark for a Croatian second. His fantastic solo surge was followed by a well-judged pass for the charging Srna, who took the ball in his stride and lashed it into the opposite corner.

Croatia continued to dominate, despite their numerical disadvantage. Just after the hour mark, Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldórsson denied Kovačić one-on-one, then Ivica Olić hit a post with a bicycle kick from a corner. Halldórsson also frustrated Perišić and Danijel Pranjić as the hosts controlled the remainder of the game and brought to an end Iceland's World Cup dream.

Last updated: 20/11/13 0.11CET

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