Lovren's Croatia through to World Cup last 16 as group winners

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Croatia's possession was sterile but, with a draw enough to top the group, it had little incentive, especially as Iceland was pretty toothless until news of Lionel Messi's opening goal reached the stadium.

The Balkan side shone in victories over Nigeria and Argentina to qualify for the last 16 and they will finish first if they avoid losing to Iceland.

Milan Badelj of Croatia celebrates after scoring his team's first goal against Iceland.

Never before had Croatia won their final group-stage game at the World Cup, having lost in 1998, 2002 and 2014 and drawn in 2006.

Ivan Perisic capitalized on a defensive error to score a 90th-minute victor Tuesday, giving Croatia a 2-1 win over Iceland and first place in Group D on Tuesday.

Iceland had to win all three points to have a chance of progressing into the last 16.

Also moving on were Argentina, who defeated Nigeria 2-1 in the other game. "We have not played many games like this against a strong team like Croatia and created as many chances as we did", he said. "Denmark awaits but we have shown our quality and we can do a lot", said Kovacic.

As expected, Croatia controlled midfield and Iceland were perfectly happy with the scenario, looking to hit their opponents on the break.

Croatians broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute after a good start to the second half thanks to a strike from Milan Badelj, who had struck the woodwork moments earlier.

They started to press higher, putting Croatia on the back foot.

Five minutes before the break, Alfred Finnbogason played a one-two with Sigurdsson, but his shot from just inside the box went wide.

Iceland faced a huge task as Nigeria nearly simultaneously equalised against Argentina, but they reacted swiftly.

On 73 minutes Bjarnason fluffed a close-range opportunity but Iceland's lifeline arrived a minute later when Dejan Lovren handled a cross by Sigurdsson in the penalty area.

Iceland reacted swiftly. Sverrir Ingason forced Kalinic into another spectacular save seconds before his header shaved the top of the bar.

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