"They (Argentina) have quality but this win will boost our confidence and I hope we can play well against them", Modric, who excelled in his role as a playmaker, told reporters, adding, "it is going to be a hard match". As long as the Blazers can get back defensively and limit good looks, they have a shot to get the win here and all but wrap up a spot in the knockout stages. I hope and believe that this generation will do better than us.
Although Dalic said he never expected the huge swathes of fans, who drowned out the Nigerian supporters in the stands, the 51-year-old former Hajduk Split midfielder said their support helped his side secure a routine win against the Super Eagles in their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup opener.
In qualifying for this summer's World Cup, Croatia finished second in their group behind Iceland before easily overcoming Greece in the play-offs and Asanovic feels they are capable of troubling the bigger nations.
"I think he is the greatest player in the world - but while one excellent player can make a great result, a great team does the job much better".
Lionel Messi was unable to convert a penalty and a last minute free kick.
"We had an enormous amount of fans and it was sad they came so far to see us lose, they deserved at least a draw", said Peru coach Ricardo Gareca. Nigeria will take on Iceland a day later in Volgograd.
"It's a disgrace. Not having prepared for the match knowing that Iceland are all 1.90m tall", the 1986 World Cup victor told Venezuelan television. "So, yes, we celebrated". Satisfied at denying Argentina no space despite 72-percent possession, he even mused on missed chances that might have given victory. We worked hard trying to find spaces in the Icelandic defense, but we couldn't do it.
Croatia and Nigeria will have to watch out, though.
"A win is a win", he said.
Iceland stunned the stadium soon afterwards though when keeper Willy Caballero palmed Gylfi Sigurdsson's low shot straight into the path of Finnbogason, who swept the ball into the unguarded net.