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Iceland Draws against Croatia 0-0

The Iceland-Croatia World Cup play-off in Reykjavík this evening ended without either team scoring.

handball-bronze-crowd_goArchive photo: Geir Ólafsson/Iceland Review.

One of Iceland’s star players Kolbeinn Sigþórsson was carried off the pitch in the final moments of the first half with a torn ligament in his ankle, reports. Iceland was then dealt another blow when Ólafur Ingi Skúlason was sent off with a straight red at 50 minutes following a challenge on Ivan Perišić.

Iceland’s coach Lars Lagerbäck said in an interview with RÚV after the game that the players “did a fantastic job” but expressed his dissatisfaction with the referee. “Someone watched the replay on TV and they said it [the red card] was very, very questionable, but it wasn’t just that. In many situations the referee didn’t know if he should blow or not.”

The second (and final) play-off will take place in Zagreb on Tuesday. Iceland will need to draw with an away goal or win on penalties for a ticket to Brazil next summer.


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UPDATE: reports that Kolbeinn Sigþórsson has not torn a ligament but has sprained his ankle and confirms that he will not be playing Tuesday’s match.

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