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2018 FIFA World Cup Group D

2018 postage stamp from Russia depicting Group D of the 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage.

Group D of the 2018 FIFA World Cup took place from 16 to 26 June 2018.[1] The group consists of Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, and Nigeria. The top two teams, Croatia and Argentina, advanced to the round of 16.[2]

Teams

Draw position Team Pot Confederation Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings
October 2017[nb 1] June 2018 August 2018
D1  Argentina 1 CONMEBOL CONMEBOL Round Robin third place 10 October 2017 17th 2014 (runners-up) Winners (1978, 1986) 4 5 11
D2  Iceland 3 UEFA UEFA Group I winners 9 October 2017 1st - - 21 22 32
D3  Croatia 2 UEFA UEFA Second Round winners 12 November 2017 5th 2014 (group stage) Third place (1998) 18 20 4
D4  Nigeria 4 CAF CAF Third Round Group B winners 7 October 2017 6th 2014 (round of 16) Round of 16 (1994, 1998, 2014) 41 48 49
Notes
  1. ^ The rankings of October 2017 were used for seeding for the final draw.

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Croatia 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Argentina 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 4
3  Nigeria 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3
4  Iceland 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

In the round of 16:

Matches

All times listed are local time.[1]

Argentina vs Iceland

Lionel Messi missed a penalty kick

The two teams had never met before.[3]

Despite stamping their authority on the game's opening stages, Argentina struggled to find space against the Icelandic defence. Argentina then at the 19th minute scored, giving them a 1-0 lead. Alfreð Finnbogason made history by scoring his country's first World Cup goal just four minutes later when he slotted to the net from six yards out.[4] Argentina then had the chance to go ahead again when Hörður Björgvin Magnússon pushed Maximiliano Meza inside the box after 64 minutes. Hannes Þór Halldórsson dove to his right to deny Lionel Messi a goal.[5] Although Argentina continued to press for a goal, they were repeatedly denied by the Nordics' defense.[4]

Argentina failed to win their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since losing to Cameroon in 1990, and it was the first time they drew their opener in the competition. Argentina have missed their last two penalties taken at a World Cup finals (excluding shootouts), with Ariel Ortega failing to convert against Sweden in 2002 before Messi's effort against Iceland in 2018. The Iceland forward's goal after 23 minutes was the earliest scored for a nation playing in their first World Cup match since Rashidi Yekini netted after 21 minutes for Nigeria against Bulgaria on 21 June 1994.[6]

Attendance: 44,190[7]
Argentina[8]
Iceland[8]

Croatia vs Nigeria

The two teams had never met before.[3]

Ivan Peri?i? went closest to hitting the target with an effort from 20 metres after a quarter of an hour, but in the end it was Nigeria's Oghenekaro Etebo who brought joy to the huge Croatian contingent in Kaliningrad, beating his own goalkeeper following a Luka Modri? corner which deflected off Peri?i? and Mario Mand?uki?.[10]Alex Iwobi, after wriggling into space on the left side of the box, he hit a shot directly into a Croatia defender. Ante Rebi? fired over from Peri?i?'s left-wing centre, with Odion Ighalo's header recording the match's first shot on target in the 59th minute. William Troost-Ekong was penalised for holding Mand?uki? in the penalty area, and Modri? sent Francis Uzoho the wrong way from 12 yards for his first World Cup goal.[11]

Croatia have won their opening game of a World Cup for the first time since their debut in the competition in 1998 (3-1 vs Jamaica). Nigeria became the first team in World Cup history to concede two consecutive own goals in the competition, with their last goal shipped in 2014, against France in the last 16, also coming in this manner.[10][11][12]

Croatia 2-0 Nigeria
Report
Croatia[14]
Nigeria[14]
GK 23 Danijel Suba?i?
RB 2 ?ime Vrsaljko
CB 21 Domagoj Vida
CB 6 Dejan Lovren
LB 3 Ivan Strini?
CM 7 Ivan Rakiti? Yellow card 30
CM 10 Luka Modri? (c)
RW 18 Ante Rebi? Substituted off 78
AM 9 Andrej Kramari? Substituted off 60
LW 4 Ivan Peri?i?
CF 17 Mario Mand?uki? Substituted off 86
Substitutions:
MF 11 Marcelo Brozovi? Yellow card 89 Substituted in 60
MF 8 Mateo Kova?i? Substituted in 78
FW 20 Marko Pjaca Substituted in 86
Manager:
Zlatko Dali?
CRO-NGA 2018-06-16.svg
GK 23 Francis Uzoho
RB 12 Shehu Abdullahi
CB 6 Leon Balogun
CB 5 William Troost-Ekong Yellow card 70
LB 2 Brian Idowu
CM 4 Wilfred Ndidi
CM 8 Oghenekaro Etebo
RW 11 Victor Moses
AM 10 John Obi Mikel (c) Substituted off 88
LW 18 Alex Iwobi Substituted off 62
CF 9 Odion Ighalo Substituted off 72
Substitutions:
FW 7 Ahmed Musa Substituted in 62
FW 14 Kelechi Iheanacho Substituted in 72
FW 13 Simeon Nwankwo Substituted in 88
Manager:
Germany Gernot Rohr

Argentina vs Croatia

The two teams had met in four matches, including one game at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, an Argentina 1-0 victory.[16]

Ivan Peri?i? surged into space down the left and shot towards the bottom-right corner, which was tipped around the post by Willy Caballero. A Dejan Lovren block prevented Maximiliano Meza's low strike finding the net and then Marcos Acuña's cross clipped the top of Danijel Suba?i?'s crossbar. Enzo Pérez struck wide from 15 yards. Three minutes later, Mario Mand?uki? flashed a header wide of Caballero's right-hand post from six yards. Eight minutes into the second half, Ante Rebi? shot a right foot volley past Caballero after the goalkeeper's mishit an attempted chip over his head. Suba?i? kept out Meza's close-range effort from substitute Gonzalo Higuaín's cutback. With ten minutes remaining Luka Modri? curled in from 20 yards with his right foot to the right corner of the net to score Croatia's second. Ivan Rakiti? was fouled by Javier Mascherano - Nicolás Otamendi receiving a booking for appearing to kick the ball towards Rakiti?'s head as tempers flared - and crashed the resulting free-kick against the crossbar. Rakiti? in the 91st minute, though, slotted home from the centre of the box after his initial shot deflected off Caballero and found Mateo Kova?i? who passed it back to Rakiti? from the left.[17] With their second win in a row, Croatia advanced to the round of 16 for the first time since 1998, having been eliminated in 2002, 2006 and 2014 editions.

This was Croatia's first victory in five attempts against a South American team at the World Cup, having lost the previous four.[18] This was Argentina's heaviest defeat in the first-round group stage of a World Cup since losing 6-1 to Czechoslovakia in 1958. Argentina have failed to win either of their opening two group stage matches for the first time since 1974.[19]

Argentina 0-3 Croatia
Report
Argentina[21]
Croatia[21]
GK 23 Willy Caballero
CB 2 Gabriel Mercado Yellow card 51
CB 17 Nicolás Otamendi Yellow card 85
CB 3 Nicolás Tagliafico
RM 18 Eduardo Salvio Substituted off 56
CM 14 Javier Mascherano
CM 15 Enzo Pérez Substituted off 68
LM 8 Marcos Acuña Yellow card 87
RF 10 Lionel Messi (c)
CF 19 Sergio Agüero Substituted off 54
LF 13 Maximiliano Meza
Substitutions:
FW 9 Gonzalo Higuaín Substituted in 54
MF 22 Cristian Pavón Substituted in 56
FW 21 Paulo Dybala Substituted in 68
Manager:
Jorge Sampaoli
ARG-CRO 2018-06-21.svg
GK 23 Danijel Suba?i?
RB 2 ?ime Vrsaljko Yellow card 67
CB 6 Dejan Lovren
CB 21 Domagoj Vida
LB 3 Ivan Strini?
CM 7 Ivan Rakiti?
CM 11 Marcelo Brozovi?
RW 18 Ante Rebi? Yellow card 39 Substituted off 57
AM 10 Luka Modri? (c)
LW 4 Ivan Peri?i? Substituted off 82
CF 17 Mario Mand?uki? Yellow card 58 Substituted off 90+3
Substitutions:
FW 9 Andrej Kramari? Substituted in 57
MF 8 Mateo Kova?i? Substituted in 82
DF 5 Vedran ?orluka Yellow card 90+4 Substituted in 90+3
Manager:
Zlatko Dali?

Nigeria vs Iceland

Pre-match

The two teams had met only once, a friendly game in 1981, won by Iceland 3-0.[16]

Gylfi Sigurðsson shot a sixth-minute chance straight at Francis Uzoho. In the last minute of the first half, Alfreð Finnbogason was unable to get a decisive touch on Sigurðsson's free-kick delivered from the right wing. In the 49th minute, Victor Moses' cross was collected by Ahmed Musa, who first controlled it in the air with his right foot before scoring on the half-volley powerfully to the net. Hannes Þór Halldórsson tipped over a deflected drive from Wilfred Ndidi. In the 75th minute, fed by Kenneth Omeruo, Musa burst clear in the left channel, cut inside and rounded Halldórsson before scoring with his right foot. A late VAR review spotted that substitute Tyronne Ebuehi had tripped Finnbogason, with Sigurðsson's spot-kick effort clearing the crossbar.[23]

Iceland are the third World Cup debutants from Europe to have faced Nigeria at the tournament, and on every occasion Nigeria have emerged victorious, following victories against Greece (2-0) in 1994 and Bosnia and Herzegovina (1-0) in 2014.[24] Uzoho is the second youngest goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in a World Cup match (19 years, 237 days), behind only Lee Chang-myung in North Korea's 1-0 win over Italy in July 1966 (19 years, 198 days). This is Nigeria's first victory in a World Cup game by a margin of more than one goal since they beat Greece 2-0 in 1994 at their first World Cup tournament.[25] This was Iceland's first group stage's defeat in any big tournament.

Nigeria 2-0 Iceland
Report
Nigeria[27]
Iceland[27]

Nigeria vs Argentina

The two teams had met in eight matches, including four games at FIFA World Cup group stages, in 1994, 2002, 2010 and 2014, all won by Argentina.[16]

Ahmed Musa narrowly cleared the crossbar in the early minutes of the game. In the 14th minute, Éver Banega shot the ball over the top, Lionel Messi controlled a pass over the top from Éver Banega ball on his thigh and his left boot before shooting a right-footed drive past Francis Uzoho from the right. Leon Balogun brought Ángel Di María down 25 yards from goal, but Uzoho tipped Messi's free-kick to his left-hand post. Oghenekaro Etebo narrowly missed with a long-range free-kick. Leon Balogun was held in the penalty area by Javier Mascherano after a corner form the left, Victor Moses scored from the resulting penalty shooting low to the right with the goalkeeper diving the other way. Gabriel Mercado raided down the right and bent a cross into the penalty area, Marcos Rojo, the man who scored the decisive goal right against Nigeria four years ago in Brazil, once again tucked home a low right-footed volley to give Argentina the win.[29][30]

Messi's strike brought up the century for goals at Russia 2018. He also joined Diego Maradona and Gabriel Batistuta in becoming the third Argentina player to score in three World Cups.[31] Rojo became the only player to score decisive goal against Nigeria in two World Cups.

Nigeria 1-2 Argentina
Report
Nigeria[33]
Argentina[33]
GK 23 Francis Uzoho
CB 6 Leon Balogun Yellow card 32
CB 5 William Troost-Ekong
CB 22 Kenneth Omeruo Substituted off 90
DM 10 John Obi Mikel (c) Yellow card 90+1
CM 8 Oghenekaro Etebo
CM 4 Wilfred Ndidi
RW 11 Victor Moses
LW 2 Brian Idowu
CF 7 Ahmed Musa Substituted off 90+2
CF 14 Kelechi Iheanacho Substituted off 46
Substitutions:
FW 9 Odion Ighalo Substituted in 46
FW 18 Alex Iwobi Substituted in 90
FW 13 Simeon Nwankwo Substituted in 90+2
Manager:
Germany Gernot Rohr
NGA-ARG 2018-06-26.svg
GK 12 Franco Armani
RB 2 Gabriel Mercado
CB 17 Nicolás Otamendi
CB 16 Marcos Rojo
LB 3 Nicolás Tagliafico Substituted off 80
RM 15 Enzo Pérez Substituted off 61
CM 14 Javier Mascherano Yellow card 49
CM 7 Éver Banega Yellow card 64
LM 11 Ángel Di María Substituted off 72
CF 10 Lionel Messi (c) Yellow card 90+4
CF 9 Gonzalo Higuaín
Substitutions:
MF 22 Cristian Pavón Substituted in 61
MF 13 Maximiliano Meza Substituted in 72
FW 19 Sergio Agüero Substituted in 80
Manager:
Jorge Sampaoli

Iceland vs Croatia

The two teams had met in six matches, most recently in 2017 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, which ended in a 1-0 Iceland victory.[16]

Hörður Magnússon headed wide from Jóhann Guðmundsson's outswinging corner. Alfreð Finnbogason shot wide from the edge of the area. Birkir Bjarnason pounced from a corner, but Lovre Kalini? made a save from Aron Gunnarsson's curling effort. At the restart, Milan Badelj's strike clattered off the crossbar. Badelj got his goal when he reacted to a loose ball in the Iceland box and hammered home from close range. Sverrir Ingason's header rebounded back off the bar. Dejan Lovren's handball though enabled Gylfi Sigurðsson to score from the spot in the 76th minute. Badelj provided a throughball and, having outpaced his marker, Ivan Peri?i? lashed home to score the winner.[35][36]

Croatia have topped a world finals group for the first time in their history, and because of Croatia's victory, Argentina also qualified.[37] With the defeat, Iceland stood bottom in the group with a single point.

Iceland 1-2 Croatia
Report
Iceland[39]
Croatia[39]

Discipline

Fair play points would have been used as tiebreakers if the overall and head-to-head records of teams were tied. These were calculated based on yellow and red cards received in all group matches as follows:[2]

  • first yellow card: minus 1 point;
  • indirect red card (second yellow card): minus 3 points;
  • direct red card: minus 4 points;
  • yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points;

Only one of the above deductions were applied to a player in a single match.

Team Match 1 Match 2 Match 3 Points
Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card Yellow card Red card
 Iceland 3 -3
 Nigeria 1 1 2 -4
 Argentina 3 3 -6
 Croatia 2 4 2 -8

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