Seeing red: Iceland promises Croatia grueling group finish

first_imgChristopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Arnason he thought it was unlikely Argentina would finish their three group matches without victory, but took little comfort in the prospect of Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic resting core players to avoid suspensions and fatigue.“Their starting 11 is incredible really,” he said. “There’s talk about them resting players, but it doesn’t really affect them so much since they’ve got very good quality on the bench as well so I can’t see it affecting their game at all. We’ll have to play a very good game to stand a chance.”With many of the traditional favorites struggling, Croatia has emerged as a standout in Russia, thrashing Argentina 3-0 and defeating the Nigeria 2-0.Croatian goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic ruled out sitting back on Tuesday.“Honestly, we want to win in every game,” he said “No matter who is playing, no matter who is in the first 11, or not, we will try to continue and get three points.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Arnason sees Croatia as one of teams that could win the tournament, but the central defender’s teammates aren’t giving them a free ride and are promising grueling physical challenges.With the Croats already qualified, Iceland must win their final Group D game in Rostov-on-Don, while keeping fingers crossed that Nigeria can’t inflict another defeat on Argentina.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownArnason, in fact, is taking inspiration from the spiky nature of Iceland-Croatia encounters.“In those kind of games, players push themselves to the limit, and sometimes they go over the line,” Arnason said before the team headed to southern Russia. “A red card was shown to one of our players in those matches. We’re more than ready to take another one if it would help our team.” Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Iceland players react in dejection at the end of the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia — Iceland defender Kari Arnason isn’t afraid to see red if it means stopping one of the World Cup’s most creative sides when it takes on Croatia on Tuesday.Both teams have a history of sending offs when they meet, with three red cards handed out in their last four matches.ADVERTISEMENT Messi birthday overshadowed by Argentina’s World Cup crisis Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In their six encounters, Croatia has won four times, lost once and drawn once.Iceland is the nation with the smallest population ever to qualify for a World Cup, with some 350,000 inhabitants, but it stunned two-time champion Argentina in its opening match with a 1-1 draw thanks to Alfred Finnbogason’s equalizer. The team, known to Icelanders simply as “Our Boys,” lost the second match 2-0 to an irrepressible Nigeria.Coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said players took heart from having beaten Croatia at home in qualifying.“We know the scenario when we play Croatia: It’s going to be a really tough game,” he said. “We’ve often said we’re like a married couple. We’re trying to get divorced, but we always meet up again.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees View commentslast_img read more