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FIFA World Cup: Iceland disappointed but proud as World Cup adventure ends
Jun 28, 2018
Two years after stunning world football by reaching the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, Iceland, the smallest nation by population ever to qualify for the World Cup, got off to a great start in Russia by holding Argentina to a 1-1 draw.
However, Nigeria proved too tough a test in their second match of Group D, a 2-0 defeat.
Iceland’s first World Cup adventure came to an end on Tuesday with a 2-1 loss by Group D winners Croatia due to a late strike from Ivan Perisic. Gylfi Sigurdsson levelled from the penalty spot in the 76th minute but their joy was shortlived after Perisic scored a last-minute goal to end Croatia’s group campaign at the top with nine points.
Iceland's fans once again provided a vibrant dash of colour and noise to the stands as they proudly supported their team, and Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir released a statement shortly after the final whistle summing up the nation's feelings.
"It's been extremely inspiring for all of us in Iceland to see how their belief in the team and its possible success despite the odds, has carried them this far," she said.