As it happened: Perisic's late winner the nail in the coffin for spirited Iceland

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As it happened: Perisic's late winner the nail in the coffin for spirited Iceland
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And that just about wraps up our live commentary on another dramatic night. It finishes Iceland 1-2 Croatia. I've been David Comerford (thanks to Daniel Orme for the pre-live coverage). Stay tuned for a match report, and stick with VAVEL for extensive World Cup content. 

Croatia have been perhaps the most efficient and ruthless side in these group stages. They face Denmark on Sunday for a place in the quarterfinals. France will come up against Argentina in a mouthwatering clash. 

A breathless end to the evening. Here's how it finishes up: 1. Croatia (9pts), 2. Argentina (4pts), 3. Nigeria (3pts), 4. Iceland (1pt)

It's Argentina who join Croatia in going through as they hold on for the win against Nigeria. A dramatic conclusion to Group D. Nigeria and Iceland left heartbroken. 

Well, after a cagey first half, that was a great 45 minutes of football. It's maximum points for a much-changed Croatia thanks to Ivan Perisic's late winner, and an exit for a spirited Iceland who characteristically gave all they had.

FULL TIME: Iceland 1-2 Croatia. 

90+4: Still Iceland push, though, and twice go close to an equaliser. 

90+3: A short corner for Iceland and Sigurdsson's cross catches everyone by surprise, floating out of play. It's looking like game over for the plucky underdogs. 

90+2: The wind has finally been taken out of Iceland's sails and Croatia are threatening to snatch another. Rakitic fires just wide from the edge. 

90: Oh no, it's game over for Iceland as Ivan Perisic calmly dispatches the ball into the top corner. Croatia set for three wins from three. 

90: GOAL! Iceland 1-2 Croatia

90: Argentina are ecstatic but Iceland go through with a goal. 

87: Ivan Rakitic whips a free-kick just over but more importantly, Marcos Rojo has scored and Argentina are currently heading through. 

87: Into the final few minutes now as Iceland look to produce one last burst of energy. 

85: PSV's Albert Gudmundsson comes on for Finnbogason, who has put in a great shift. 

85: Perisic has a go and bends it a fraction over the crossbar. Good effort. 

84: Croatia clear, counter and win an FK themselves 25 yards from the Iceland goal. It was Perisic who went over, but he really ought to have put that one in the box. 

83: Iceland free-kick in a dangerous position following a foul by Jedvaj...

82: A promising Iceland counter comes to nothing as a weary Bjarnason fails to prevent Johann Berg Gudmundsson's ball going out of play. 

81: Kovacic off, Ivan Rakitic on. Not a bad substitution. 

79: Iceland's fans have taken the noise levels up a notch. And their team are pushing hard. 

77: Iceland move up to third with that goal, Argentina are locked at 1-1 against Nigeria and so they are now bottom of the group. You sense there's another twist in store though. 

76: Sigurdsson blazed a penalty over against Nigeria and this one just sneaks under the crossbar. If Iceland score again they're headed for the knockout stages. Grandstand finish ahead in Rostov, and Iceland are still on the front-foot. 

76: GOAL! ICELAND 1-1 CROATIA

75: Now, now then. The referee points to the spot after Dejan Lovren handles Gylfi Sigurdsson's cross. The Everton man will take...

75: PENALTY TO ICELAND.

74: Bradaric lashes one across the box and Kramaric nearly gets on the end of it at the back post. Close to two, but the flag was raised. 

72: Bjarnason spurns what might be a decisive opportunity. Finnbogasson crosses, he sticks a leg out but it's wide when it should have been in the bottom left corner. Time beginning to run out. 

70: Forward Bjorn Sigurdarson is introduced for Iceland. Ragnar Sigurdsson makes way. Sigurdarson plays much of his football on this turf for FC Rostov

69: Marko Pjaca is down and receiving treatment. Liverpool's Dejan Lovren then comes on in his place as Croatia look to see this one out. 

67: Iceland deal with it. They'll soon have to start pouring men forward. 

67: Kramaric's long-range effort is deflected wide and Croatia have a corner.

66: Sigurdsson flashes one over from the corner of the box. Early signs of desperation? 

65: Substitution for Croatia. Skipper Modric is withdrawn, and on comes Filip Bradaric, who plays his club football for HNK Rijeka.

64: Yellow card for Finnbogason after he collides with Kalinic, leaving the 'keeper briefly floored. No malice in it, but the challenge was clearly late. 

62: The group now looks like this - 1. Croatia (9pts), 2. Nigeria (4pts), 3. Argentina (2pts), 4. Iceland (1pt)

59: Iceland now need to score twice, by the way. 

57: Another round of the 'thunderclap' from the Iceland faithful. Additional motivation for the players.

56: This one is frantic all of a sudden. Another chance for Ingason from a corner and, agonisingly, it hits the woodwork. Good response from Iceland. 

55: Iceland are back on the front foot and they go close to an instant equaliser as Kalinic tips Sverrir Ingi Ingason's header over the bar.

53: Badelj, minutes after hitting the woodwork, powers home a half volley from 12 yards out after the ball looped into his path. Croatia headed for nine points, Iceland headed home. Long way to go, but a big moment. 

53: GOAL! Iceland 0-1 Croatia

Another crucial moment in the group as Victor Moses fires Nigeria level from the penalty spot. Nigeria now going through on four points, Argentina drop to fourth behind Iceland as it stands.

51: What. A. Hit. Badelj produces Croatia's best attacking moment of the game as his long-range effort hits the top of the bar. 

50: Superb tackle from Hallfredsson regains possession for Iceland with Matteo Kovacic charging forward.

48: Corluka heads away, and Bjarnason then misplaces a pass aimed at corner-taker Sigurdsson. 

48: And now Iceland have a corner... 

47: Sigurdsson can't deliver the goods from the set-piece and it floats harmlessly through to Kalinic. 

47: Bjarnason wins a free-kick and it's another chance to get the ball into the box for Iceland. 

46: And it's Croatia who get us going for a big 45 minutes. Can Iceland create another fairytale? 

The teams have re-emerged.

As it stands Croatia top Group D on seven points, with Argentina second on four, Nigeria third on three and Iceland last on two points. For now, though, they only need one goal to climb into the top two on goal difference.

Croatia have been a tad disappointing so far, but the sheer quantity of changes means that's not too much of a surprise. There are a few players here, though, who will be looking to give the manager a selection headache for the knockout stages. 

Iceland's two best opportunities have come from open play, but their set-piece prowess will surely be key in the second half.

Iceland got better as the half went on and had two big chances - the first fell to Finnbogason and the second to Gunnarsson. If they keep this up in the second half, they could yet get the goals they need. Not as bad a game as the scoreline might suggest. 

HALF TIME: ICELAND 0-0 CROATIA

45+2: Another big moment just before the break. Aron Gunnarsson bends one goalwards from the edge of the box, and Kalinic saves on the stretch. Good move from Iceland. 

45: Goalkeeper Kalinic palms away unconvincingly, and Bjarnason powers a shot goalwards, but it's blocked in the mass of Croatian bodies. 

45: Magnusson zips in a dangerous ball towards Finnbogason, Caleta-Car puts it behind for a corner.

44: Hallfredsson has an audacious pop from distance but it's always rising. 

41: At the other end, Modric has a go from range but it's not one of his best efforts.

40: Massive chance for Iceland and the best of the half by a distance. Finnbogason wrestles Milan Badelj off the ball, plays a nice one-two with Sigurdsson and side-foots it just past the post. 

39: Modric leads a Croatian counter but Andrej Kramaric hesitates after receiving the ball and the chance is gone. 

37: Perisic attempts a volley from outside the box, but on the turn he can't get clean contact and it's well wide. 

35: Perisic heads clear, but Iceland are beginning to put Croatia under pressure.

34: Bjarnason gets two pops at goal after a well-worked set-play. Both are blocked. Time now for a long throw.

34: Another Iceland corner. They are very dangerous from set-pieces.

33: Iceland definitely on top at the moment. We've seen very little from Croatia's attacking players in the last ten minutes. 

31: It's a good effort by Sigurdsson, but Lovre Kalinic catches well in the Croatia goal.

30: Free-kick to Iceland about 35 yards out. Sigurdsson takes, Corluka clears and then Emil Hallfredsson wins another in a much more dangerous position. 

28: Another headed chance for Magnusson. The effort bounces past the left-hand post. Should have directed that on target.

28: Now then, Iceland have a corner. Duje Caleta-Car forced to head it out. 

27: A long-throw into the box by Iceland, Magnusson makes contact but the ball loops away. Close. 

26: Vedran Corluka momentarily down after blocking Hordur Magnusson's cross with his face. 

23: Halfway through the first half, and we've not had a clearcut chance. The onus is on Iceland as they look to keep their dream alive. 

22: Finnbogason tries to slide Sigurdsson through on the goal after Iceland win the ball back, but Croatia cut it out. 

21: Seven minutes after he was forced off, Bjarnason is changed and ready to return to the action. Iceland back to their full complement. 

20: Iceland clear this one.

19: Croatia go short, with Luka Modric delivering a delightful, outside-of-the-boot cross. It ends up being deflected behind for another corner.

19: Ivan Perisic's cross is turned behind. Corner. 

18: Spell of possession for Iceland, who have upped their tempo. Perhaps they've had word of the news. 

Big development in the group. Lionel Messi has scored for Argentina, so Iceland are going out as it stands.

14: The referee opts to show Pjaca a yellow card. Blood is pouring from Bjarnason's nose as he gets to his feet and heads for the sideline. 

13: Bjarnason is still down so Iceland may be forced into a change. That hasn't dampened the supporters' spirits - it's the first 'Thunderclap' of the evening. Goosebump-inducing. 

11: Birkir Bjarnason is down on the turf after taking what looked like an inadvertent whack in the face from Pjaca. 

10: Sigurdsson plays Alfred Finnbogason into space down the right, but the Augsburg man can't get the ball into the mixer.

9: Marko Pjaca tries to run through the heart of the Iceland defence before being bundled over. No free-kick says the referee.

8: Tin Jedvaj's cross is comfortably claimed by Iceland 'keeper Halldorsson

7: First real sign of attacking intent from Iceland as their star man Gylfi Sigurdsson gets into a dangerous position and drives in a low cross. Croatia clear.

3: Calm start for Croatia, who are knocking it round in the middle of the park.

Iceland get us underway.

The teams have emerged and we've had the anthems. We're almost ready to go in Rostov.

Croatia may be through but they do still have top spot to play for. They will win this group if they avoid defeat tonight, or Nigeria fail to beat Argentina. First place will come up against Denmark, but the team in second will play France. 

Both sets of fans are in fine voice before kick-off. Iceland's brilliant supporters belt out a chant called "I'm home" before their games. They're looking to turn Rostov into Little Reykjavik tonight. 

Andrej Kramaric leads the line for Vatreni tonight. After scoring 13 goals for Hoffenheim last season, many backed the former Leicester man to shine at this World Cup. Let's see if he can get among the goals tonight. 

Goal difference could also be key. Nigeria's is 0, but Iceland are on -2 with Argentina on -3. It's finely poised. 

A reminder of how Group D is shaping up: Croatia are through, but it's all to play for behind them. Iceland, Nigeria and Argentina are all gunning for the one remaining spot. Warlike underdogs Iceland need to win to have any hope of progressing, and hope for a favourable result in the night's other game. 

Three changes for Iceland, meanwhile, following their disappointing loss against Nigeria. Ingason, Gislason and Bodvarsson all make way. 

No surprise that Croatia, who have already sealed qualification, ring the changes. Only Luka Modric, after that wonderful goal last time out, and Ivan Perisic keep their places.

Croatia: L. Kalinic; Jedvaj, Corluka, Catela-Car, Pivaric; Pjaca, Modric, Badelj, Perisic, Kovacic; Kramaric

Iceland: Halldorsson; Saevarsson, Ingason, R. Sigurdsson, Magnusson; J. Gudmundsson, Gunnarsson, Hallfredsson, Bjarnason; Finnbogason

And the line-ups are in...

All of the team news will be released an hour before the match, so make sure you stick around until then. Otherwise, that's me done here! Enjoy the match, and over to you, David!

Meanwhile, Iceland could potentially sweat over the fitness over defender Ragnar Sigurðsson after he suffered a head injury.

This time though, there could be a completely different outlook to the Croatia team. Boss Dalić has already suggested that there could be plenty of changes to the team considering that they have already booked their place in the last-16. Ivan Rakitic, Mario Mandzukic and Ante Rabic all have yellow cards so could be left out to avoid suspension for the knockout stages, whilst Luka Modric and Dejan Lovren are also expected to be rested.

It would be fair to say that Iceland would love a repeat of the last time these two teams came together. Clashing in a friendly in 2017, Iceland managed to win 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Hörður Magnusson. Throughout history though, Croatia have the far better record having claimed four victories and a draw in the five previous matches between the two.

Speaking of dark horses, Iceland simply have not managed to repeat their heroics of the European Championships in 2016. The minnows have only managed to claim one point so far, in a highly-credible 1-1 draw with Argentina but fell to a poor defeat to Nigeria last time. Despite their total, they could still qualify for the knockouts in what is their first-ever World Cup.

It appears to a few that Croatia's achievements in Russia have been barely spoken about considering the troubles of a certain Mr. Lionel Messi elsewhere in the group, but they have to be praised. Having reached the knockout stages, they become only the second Croatian team to do that since the country became an independent nation. Now, if they could emulate the team of 1998, who reached the semi-finals, there would surely be parties in the streets from Zagreb to Dubrovnik.

Elsewhere, Croatia can afford to relax from now on having all-but sewn up top-spot in the group. Zlatko Dalić's men have collected maximum points from their opening two games in Russia. They beat Nigeria 2-0 in their first match before they swept Argentina aside 3-0 last time out as they secured their position in the last-16.

Now then, this game really is crucial for Iceland. Having fallen to a 2-0 defeat to Nigeria last time out (thank you, Ahmed Musa), Heimir Hallgrímsson men sit third in Group D with only one point. They HAVE to win this game and pray that Nigeria fail to beat Argentina to stand any chance of reaching the knockout stages.

Make sure you stick around here all evening for all the build-up, team news, coverage, reaction and analysis of Iceland vs Croatia. Kick-off is set for 7pm BST.

Good evening everyone, and welcome to what is surely set to be an incapsulating evening of World Cup football as VAVEL UK takes you through Iceland vs Croatia at the Rostov Arena. My name is Daniel Orme, and I will be giving you through all the key facts and stats ahead of the game, before which, I will hand you over to our very own David Comerford to take you through the match action.