Croatia push Iceland out of running for World Cup with 2-0 defeat
A disappointing 2-0 defeat at the hands of Croatia on Saturday night has pushed Iceland into thrid place overall in qualifying Group I (UEFA) for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Two goals by midfielder Marcelo Brozović consolidates Croatia’s position at the top of Group I, while a 1-0 victory over Finland on Saturday allowed Ukraine to leapfrog Iceland in to second place.
Only the top two teams in each group once all group matches are played have a chance of qualifying to the World Cup in 2018. It remains early days, however, as Iceland still have six matches to play to claw their way back into the top two.
November appears to be something of a curse for Iceland, who have now never won a competitive match in the month of November in ten attempts. Fortunately, Iceland’s remaining 2018 World Cup qualifying games will all be over by October 2017.