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Croatia perfect in Group D with late Perisic strike

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Croatia’s Ivan Perisic, center, scores 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)


There was another World Cup game in Group D, you know, where Croatia cemented its contender status with a 2-1 win over Iceland on Tuesday.

Milan Badelj and Ivan Perisic scored to set Croatia up with Denmark in the Round of 16.

Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson scored for Iceland, who was in the match until Perisic’s 90th minute winner.

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Josip Pivaric hit a second half cross that bounded into the path of Fiorentina’s Badelj, who did well to make it 1-0.

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Iceland drew level through Sigurdsson, who hammered a penalty down the middle after a handball in the box.

But that just wasn’t enough, as the criminally overlooked Perisic buried a goal to give the World Cup its second 3-0 team.

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