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Day of reckoning for Jón Daði and Iceland at the World Cup

Last chance to qualify for knockout stages against Croatia

26 June 2018

Familiar foes await Jón Daði Böðvarsson and Iceland, as they have one last chance to make it to the last 16 of the World Cup.


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Böðvarsson started for Iceland at the weekend, with a tough Nigeria side showing their mettle and defeating Iceland 2-0 on Friday afternoon.

This leaves Iceland an outside chance of qualification for the knockout stages - but it is still possible! 

The fixture

Iceland vs Croatia
Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
Tuesday 26th June 2018, 7pm (UK time)

The opposition

Croatia and Iceland faced off in qualification for the tournament, with the sides sharing one win apiece as both teams made it to Russia.

With qualification already sewn up for Croatia, they may possibly make some changes as they prepare for the Round of 16 in the coming days.

The Croats have already produced one of the results of the tournament - seeing off Argentina with an excellent performance and a stunning strike from Luka Modric, as they earned a memorable 3-0 win on Thursday night.

Iceland will be hoping to break Croatia's 100% start to the tournament, though, as they hope to build on a well-earned point against Argentina and try to propel themselves into the last 16.

The context


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While qualification is unlikely for Iceland, there is still a chance that things could go their way and they could extend their tournament into the knockout stages!

Victory by two goals or more on Tuesday evening would give Iceland a good chance of qualifying - if the crunch clash between Nigeria and Argentina ends up being drawn.

After their opening day draw and a crushing defeat at the hands of Croatia, two-time champions Argentina are on the brink of a shock exit from the tournament, but they can still qualify with a convincing win against tricky opposition in Nigeria.

Both matches kick off at 7pm on Tuesday night, so it's likely there will be plenty of twists and turns as the Group D table takes shape throughout the evening.

The stadium

This match will be the fourth game hosted at the Rostov Arena, in the south-eastern city of Rostov-on-Don. Brazil's opener against Switzerland, Uruguay's tight encounter against Saudi Arabia and Mexico's win over South Korea were also hosted at the stadium.

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The 45,000 seater stadium is another ground that has opened in time for the 2018 tournament, with local Russian top tier side, FC Rostov, set to make it their new home once the World Cup is over. Their name might ring a bell with English football fans, after they took on Manchester United over two legs in the Europa League in 2016-17.


The fixture will be broadcast live in the UK on BBC4 – coverage begins at 6.30pm ahead of the 7pm kick-off.

Team news will be announced on social media approximately 90 minutes ahead of the game – follow @footballiceland on Twitter to see whether Jón Daði Böðvarsson is in the starting XI!

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