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Croatia end Iceland's dreams of knockout stages with Group D-winning victory

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia -- Three quick thoughts from Croatia's 2-1 win over Iceland in their group-stage finale, which sees Luka Modric & Co. finish atop of Group D.

1. Croatia win Group D, end Iceland dreams

This World Cup has so far offered most things that we want to entertain: goals, brilliant play, occasional incompetence and upsets. It needed tension though, and the last games of Group D certainly provided that, with gusto.

Iceland were so very close to doing the implausible and qualifying...

Messi ends 11-hour drought; Moscow ends 36-game goal-fest

Messi celebrates his goal against Nigeria.

More drama. More late goals. More heartbreaks, and one notable great escape. Here are the best numbers from the thrilling final round of fixtures in Group C and D.


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Lionel Messi is the first player in World Cup history to have scored in his teens, 20s as well as in his 30s. Messi's only goal in the 2006 World Cup came against Serbia & Montenegro while he was seven days shy of turning 19. He also scored four goals at the 2014 World Cup -- the first of them at the age of 26 years, 357 days --...

World Cup diaries: The Viking clap experience, big crowds at small games

The Thunderclap

At the first double-drumbeat the stadium suddenly goes hush; the "Hoo!" follows a split second later. Still a hush. It's like the first footstep of the T-Rex in Jurassic Park. Everyone is on edge. Then the next, about ten seconds later. Then another, a second faster; and so on until by the tenth it's rapid-fire. I counted 30 before it broke down into the general noise of a football crowd.

Iceland's fans - called Tolfan, for twelve, or "twelfth man" - debuted the Thunderclap at...

Ahmed Musa double inspires Nigeria and gives Lionel Messi, Argentina hope

VOLGOGRAD, Russia -- Three quick thoughts on Nigeria 2-0 Iceland in Group D at the World Cup on Friday afternoon.

1. Nigeria's important win sets up tantalising finale in Group D

Iceland have long tormented opponents with their ability to hit teams on the break, as well as excel at set pieces. The fact that restarts had long been a weakness for Nigeria made the Group D match look as if it was tilted slightly in Iceland's favour. But not only did Nigeria clean up their defensive frailties but they...

In their World Cup matchup, Iceland will look to seize on Nigeria's sense of urgency

By now, Iceland's footballing virtues have been well documented; the organization, the athleticism, the tactical self-awareness of its strengths and weaknesses. But one that is perhaps overlooked more than others is the team's ability to not dwell on past successes, and to look forward to the task in front of it.

That is among the bigger challenges facing Iceland as it prepares to face Nigeria in Volgograd on Friday. The 1-1 draw against Argentina is the latest impressive result recorded by the...

World Cup Daily: Messi's miss, VAR's Cup debut and eyes on Germany

Ronaldo joins episode five of Project Russia to discuss Brazil's World Cup hopes and his ambitions for Neymar.

An incident-packed Saturday at the World Cup was headlined by two costly penalty misses and the video-assistant-referee system (VAR) taking centre stage. Wasn't the advent of technology supposed to end drawn-out debates about refereeing decisions? Let's take a look.

The big story: Lionel Messi's penalty miss

As if there weren't already enough pressure on Lionel Messi before Argentina's opening World Cup clash against Iceland, Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick against Spain on Friday cranked expectations...