June 24, 2018 / 7:12 PM / 5 months ago

FACTBOX-Soccer-Iceland v Croatia

    June 24 (Reuters) - Iceland take on Croatia in a World Cup
Group D game on Tuesday.
    
    Where: Rostov Arena
    Capacity: 43,472
    When: Tuesday, June 26, 2100 local (1800 GMT/2 PM ET)
    Referee: To be announced
    
    Key stats:
    * Croatia will top the group if they win or draw.
    * Iceland must win and Argentina must avoid defeat against
Nigeria for Iceland to have a chance of qualifying
    * Three red cards have been shown in the last four games
between the two teams
    * Croatia's best result at a World Cup came in 1998 when
they reached the semi-finals, losing to eventual winners and
hosts France. 
    * Croatia have won four of their five meetings with European
opposition at the World Cup - their only defeat coming to France
in the 1998 World Cup semi-final
    * The last World Cup debutants to advance from the group
stages were Slovakia in 2010. They were beaten by the
Netherlands in the last 16
    * Croatia have once before Russia 2018 kept clean sheets in
successive World Cup matches (in 1998) but have never kept three
clean sheets in a row
    
    GROUP D STANDINGS
    
             MP   W    D    L   GF  GA  +/-  PTS
 CROATIA     2    2    0    0   5   0   5    6
 NIGERIA     2    1    0    1   2   2   0    3
 ICELAND     2    0    1    1   1   3   -2   1
 ARGENTINA   2    0    1    1   1   4   -3   1
    
    Previous meetings:
    Both teams have always met in World Cup qualifiers, Croatia
winning four times and Iceland once, for one draw

 (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
  
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