2018 FIFA World Cup Group D

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]

Russia stamp 2018 № 2348
2018 postage stamp from Russia depicting Group D of the 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage.

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
D1  Argentina 1 CONMEBOL CONMEBOL Round Robin third place 10 October 2017 17th 2014 (runners-up) Winners (1978, 1986) 4 5
D2  Iceland 3 UEFA UEFA Group I winners 9 October 2017 1st 21 22
D3  Croatia 2 UEFA UEFA Second Round winners 12 November 2017 5th 2014 (group stage) Third place (1998) 18 20
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
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

In the round of 16:

Matches

All times listed are local time.[1]

Argentina vs Iceland

FWC 2018 - Group D - ARG v ISL - Messi penalty kick
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]

Argentina 1–1 Iceland
Report
Argentina[8]
Iceland[8]
GK 23 Willy Caballero
RB 18 Eduardo Salvio
CB 17 Nicolás Otamendi
CB 16 Marcos Rojo
LB 3 Nicolás Tagliafico
CM 14 Javier Mascherano
CM 5 Lucas Biglia Substituted off 54'
RW 13 Maximiliano Meza Substituted off 84'
AM 10 Lionel Messi (c)
LW 11 Ángel Di María Substituted off 75'
CF 19 Sergio Agüero
Substitutions:
MF 7 Éver Banega Substituted in 54'
MF 22 Cristian Pavón Substituted in 75'
FW 9 Gonzalo Higuaín Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Jorge Sampaoli
ARG-ISL 2018-06-16
GK 1 Hannes Þór Halldórsson
RB 2 Birkir Már Sævarsson
CB 14 Kári Árnason
CB 6 Ragnar Sigurðsson
LB 18 Hörður Björgvin Magnússon
DM 10 Gylfi Sigurðsson
CM 17 Aron Gunnarsson (c) Substituted off 76'
CM 20 Emil Hallfreðsson
RW 7 Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson Substituted off 63'
LW 8 Birkir Bjarnason
CF 11 Alfreð Finnbogason Substituted off 89'
Substitutions:
MF 19 Rúrik Gíslason Substituted in 63'
DF 23 Ari Freyr Skúlason Substituted in 76'
FW 9 Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson Substituted in 89'
Manager:
Heimir Hallgrímsson

Man of the Match:
Hannes Þór Halldórsson (Iceland)[9]

Assistant referees:[8]
Paweł Sokolnicki (Poland)
Tomasz Listkiewicz (Poland)
Fourth official:
Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
Reserve assistant referee:
Alexander Guzmán (Colombia)
Video assistant referee:
Mark Geiger (United States)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Paweł Gil (Poland)
Joe Fletcher (Canada)
Gery Vargas (Bolivia)

Croatia vs Nigeria

The two teams had never met before.[3]

Ivan Perišić 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 Modrić corner which deflected off Perišić and Mario Mandžukić.[10] Alex Iwobi, after wriggling into space on the left side of the box, he hit a shot directly into a Croatia defender. Ante Rebić fired over from Perišić'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 Mandžukić in the penalty area, and Modrić 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 Subašić
RB 2 Šime Vrsaljko
CB 21 Domagoj Vida
CB 6 Dejan Lovren
LB 3 Ivan Strinić
CM 7 Ivan Rakitić Yellow card 30'
CM 10 Luka Modrić (c)
RW 18 Ante Rebić Substituted off 78'
AM 9 Andrej Kramarić Substituted off 60'
LW 4 Ivan Perišić
CF 17 Mario Mandžukić Substituted off 86'
Substitutions:
MF 11 Marcelo Brozović Yellow card 89' Substituted in 60'
MF 8 Mateo Kovačić Substituted in 78'
FW 20 Marko Pjaca Substituted in 86'
Manager:
Zlatko Dalić
CRO-NGA 2018-06-16
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

Man of the Match:
Luka Modrić (Croatia)[15]

Assistant referees:[14]
Emerson de Carvalho (Brazil)
Marcelo Van Gasse (Brazil)
Fourth official:
Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Reserve assistant referee:
Pau Cebrián Devís (Spain)
Video assistant referee:
Daniele Orsato (Italy)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
Carlos Astroza (Chile)
Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)

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 Perišić 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 Subašić's crossbar. Enzo Pérez struck wide from 15 yards. Three minutes later, Mario Mandžukić flashed a header wide of Caballero's right-hand post from six yards. Eight minutes into the second half, Ante Rebić shot a right foot volley past Caballero after the goalkeeper's mishit an attempted chip over his head. Subašić kept out Meza's close-range effort from substitute Gonzalo Higuaín's cutback. With ten minutes remaining Luka Modrić curled in from 20 yards with his right foot to the right corner of the net to score Croatia's second. Ivan Rakitić was fouled by Javier MascheranoNicolás Otamendi receiving a booking for appearing to kick the ball towards Rakitić's head as tempers flared – and crashed the resulting free-kick against the crossbar. Rakitić in the 91st minute, though, slotted home from the centre of the box after his initial shot deflected off Caballero and found Mateo Kovačić who passed it back to Rakitić 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
GK 23 Danijel Subašić
RB 2 Šime Vrsaljko Yellow card 67'
CB 6 Dejan Lovren
CB 21 Domagoj Vida
LB 3 Ivan Strinić
CM 7 Ivan Rakitić
CM 11 Marcelo Brozović
RW 18 Ante Rebić Yellow card 39' Substituted off 57'
AM 10 Luka Modrić (c)
LW 4 Ivan Perišić Substituted off 82'
CF 17 Mario Mandžukić Yellow card 58' Substituted off 90+3'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Andrej Kramarić Substituted in 57'
MF 8 Mateo Kovačić Substituted in 82'
DF 5 Vedran Ćorluka Yellow card 90+4' Substituted in 90+3'
Manager:
Zlatko Dalić

Man of the Match:
Luka Modrić (Croatia)[22]

Assistant referees:[21]
Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
Jakhongir Saidov (Uzbekistan)
Fourth official:
Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)
Reserve assistant referee:
Bertrand Brial (New Caledonia)
Video assistant referee:
Felix Zwayer (Germany)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Bastian Dankert (Germany)
Corey Rockwell (United States)
Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)

Nigeria vs Iceland

FWC 2018 - Group D - NGA v ISL - Photo 77
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]
GK 23 Francis Uzoho
CB 22 Kenneth Omeruo
CB 5 William Troost-Ekong
CB 6 Leon Balogun
DM 10 John Obi Mikel (c)
CM 8 Oghenekaro Etebo Substituted off 90'
CM 4 Wilfred Ndidi
RW 11 Victor Moses
LW 2 Brian Idowu Yellow card 44' Substituted off 46'
CF 7 Ahmed Musa
CF 14 Kelechi Iheanacho Substituted off 85'
Substitutions:
DF 21 Tyronne Ebuehi Substituted in 46'
FW 9 Odion Ighalo Substituted in 85'
FW 18 Alex Iwobi Substituted in 90'
Manager:
Germany Gernot Rohr
NGA-ISL 2018-06-22
GK 1 Hannes Þór Halldórsson
RB 2 Birkir Már Sævarsson
CB 14 Kári Árnason
CB 6 Ragnar Sigurðsson Substituted off 65'
LB 18 Hörður Björgvin Magnússon
RM 19 Rúrik Gíslason
CM 17 Aron Gunnarsson (c) Substituted off 87'
CM 10 Gylfi Sigurðsson
LM 8 Birkir Bjarnason
CF 22 Jón Daði Böðvarsson Substituted off 71'
CF 11 Alfreð Finnbogason
Substitutions:
DF 5 Sverrir Ingi Ingason Substituted in 65'
FW 9 Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson Substituted in 71'
DF 23 Ari Freyr Skúlason Substituted in 87'
Manager:
Heimir Hallgrímsson

Man of the Match:
Ahmed Musa (Nigeria)[28]

Assistant referees:[27]
Simon Lount (New Zealand)
Tevita Makasini (Tonga)
Fourth official:
Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)
Reserve assistant referee:
Hiroshi Yamauchi (Japan)
Video assistant referee:
Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Paweł Gil (Poland)
Elenito Di Liberatore (Italy)
Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)

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
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

Man of the Match:
Lionel Messi (Argentina)[34]

Assistant referees:[33]
Bahattin Duran (Turkey)
Tarık Ongun (Turkey)
Fourth official:
Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Reserve assistant referee:
Sander van Roekel (Netherlands)
Video assistant referee:
Daniele Orsato (Italy)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Paweł Gil (Poland)
Paweł Sokolnicki (Poland)
Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)

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 Kalinić 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 Perišić 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]
GK 1 Hannes Þór Halldórsson
RB 2 Birkir Már Sævarsson Yellow card 84'
CB 5 Sverrir Ingi Ingason
CB 6 Ragnar Sigurðsson Substituted off 70'
LB 18 Hörður Björgvin Magnússon
CM 17 Aron Gunnarsson (c)
CM 20 Emil Hallfreðsson Yellow card 59'
RW 7 Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson
AM 10 Gylfi Sigurðsson
LW 8 Birkir Bjarnason Substituted off 90'
CF 11 Alfreð Finnbogason Yellow card 64' Substituted off 85'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson Substituted in 70'
MF 4 Albert Guðmundsson Substituted in 85'
MF 21 Arnór Ingvi Traustason Substituted in 90'
Manager:
Heimir Hallgrímsson
ISL-CRO 2018-06-26
GK 12 Lovre Kalinić
RB 13 Tin Jedvaj Yellow card 83'
CB 5 Vedran Ćorluka
CB 15 Duje Ćaleta-Car
LB 22 Josip Pivarić
CM 10 Luka Modrić (c) Substituted off 65'
CM 19 Milan Badelj
RW 20 Marko Pjaca Yellow card 14' Substituted off 70'
AM 8 Mateo Kovačić Substituted off 81'
LW 4 Ivan Perišić
CF 9 Andrej Kramarić
Substitutions:
MF 14 Filip Bradarić Substituted in 65'
DF 6 Dejan Lovren Substituted in 70'
MF 7 Ivan Rakitić Substituted in 81'
Manager:
Zlatko Dalić

Man of the Match:
Milan Badelj (Croatia)[40]

Assistant referees:[39]
Pau Cebrián Devís (Spain)
Roberto Díaz Pérez (Spain)
Fourth official:
John Pitti (Panama)
Reserve assistant referee:
Gabriel Victoria (Panama)
Video assistant referee:
Paolo Valeri (Italy)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Gery Vargas (Bolivia)
Elenito Di Liberatore (Italy)
Felix Zwayer (Germany)

Discipline

Fair play points would have been used as tiebreakers if the overall and head-to-head records of teams had been 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 would be 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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External links

Croatia national football team

The Croatia national football team (Croatian: Hrvatska nogometna reprezentacija) represents Croatia in international association football matches. The team is controlled by the Croatian Football Federation (HNS), the nation's governing body for football, and is widely supported throughout the country due to the ever-present popularity of the sport. Most home matches are played at the Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb or though other smaller venues are also used occasionally. They are one of the youngest national teams (since formation) to reach the knockout stage of a major tournament, as well as the youngest team to occupy the top 10 in the FIFA World Rankings.

Croatia has represented itself as an independent nation since 1993, when the team was officially recognised by both FIFA and UEFA following dissolution from Yugoslavia. However, short-lived national sides were briefly active during periods of political upheaval, representing sovereign states such as the Banovina of Croatia from 1939 to 1941, or the Independent State of Croatia from 1941 to 1944. Before the current team was formed, most Croatian players represented the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia instead. The modern-day team has played competitive matches since 1994, starting with a successful qualifying campaign for the 1996 European Championships. In 1998, they competed in their first FIFA World Cup, finishing 3rd and providing the tournament's top scorer, Davor Šuker. Exactly twenty years later, under their second golden generation, Croatia reached the 2018 World Cup Final, securing second place after losing to France. Captain Luka Modrić was awarded best player of the tournament for his performances, thus making him the first ever Croatian player to win the award.

Among other nicknames, the team is colloquially referred to as the Vatreni ("Blazers" or "Fiery Ones") or the Kockasti ("Chequered"). In the Italian-speaking counties the team is known as Il furioso incendio ("The Blazing Fire"). Since becoming eligible to compete, Croatia has only failed to qualify for two major tournaments; the 2000 European Championship and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Their biggest defeat came in 2018 with a 6–0 loss to Spain, while their highest-scoring victory was a 10–0 friendly win over San Marino in 2016. The national team is also known for some long-standing rivalries, such as the Derby Adriatico with Italy, or the politically-charged rivalry with Serbia, both of which have led to controversial or disruptive matches.

The team represents the second-smallest country by population and land mass to reach the World Cup final, behind Uruguay and Netherlands respectively. At major tournaments, Croatia holds joint-records for longest period between one goal and another of a player (2002–2014), most penalty shootouts played (2), most extra time periods played (3) and most penalties saved in a match (3). They are also one of only two teams—along with Colombia—to be named FIFA's "Best Mover of the Year" more than once, winning the award in 1994 and 1998. Upon admission to FIFA, Croatia was ranked 125th in the world; following the 1998 World Cup campaign, the side rose to third place in the rankings, making it the most volatile team in FIFA Rankings history.

Group D

Group D may refer to:

One of six or eight groups of four teams competing at the FIFA World Cup

2018 FIFA World Cup Group D

2014 FIFA World Cup Group D

2010 FIFA World Cup Group D

2006 FIFA World Cup Group D

2002 FIFA World Cup Group D

1998 FIFA World Cup Group D

1994 FIFA World Cup Group D

1990 FIFA World Cup Group D

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