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Croatia’s Ivan Perisic celebrates scoring their second goal during the 2018 World Cup Group D win over Iceland. Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Iceland 1 Croatia 2 For the briefest of moments the Icelandic dream had flickered. Gylfi Sigurdsson had shown the kind of courage that has come to be(...)

Antoine Griezmann’s France take on Denmark on Tuesday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP

GROUP C Denmark v France (Moscow, 3.0pm, RTÉ2/ITV). Betting: Denmark 4-1, France 23-20, Draw 7-4 Australia v Peru (Sochi, 3.0pm, RTÉ2/ITV 4). Bettin(...)

Ahmed Musa celebrates scoring Nigeria’s opener against Iceland. Photograph: Kevin C.Cox/Getty

Nigeria 2 Iceland 0 This was a lifeline for Nigeria and, in the wider picture, an injection of hope for Argentina too. It would take a brave punter t(...)

Brazil full-back Marcelo. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty

THE MATCHES GROUP E Brazil v Costa Rica (St Petersburg, 1.0, RTÉ/ITV) Betting: Brazil 2-9, Costa Rica 18-1, Draw 11-2 GROUP D Nigeria v Iceland (Vo(...)

 Hannes Halldorsson of Iceland saves  Lionel Messi’s penalty during the 1-1 draw in Moscow.  Photograph: EPA

Argentina 1 Iceland 1 Sometimes you hit a wall, and Iceland make a bigger wall than most. The trials of Lionel Messi in the national shirt of Argenti(...)

Iceland’s head coach Heimir Hallgrimsson smiles as he speaks to the media after a training session at Olimp Stadium in Kabardinka. Photograph: Getty Images

Less than a week after Iceland had finally packed up and left Annecy, Heimir Hallgrímsson went back. The Alpine town had been a blissful setting from (...)

The 2018 World Cup could prove to be Lionel Messi’s defining tournament. Photograph:  Agustin Marcarian/Getty

Argentina - 9-1 Croatia - 44-1 Nigeria - 200-1 Iceland - 200-1 The Contenders Argentina might be the clear favourites, but Group D is a potentially (...)

Iceland boss Heimir Hallgrimsson. Photograph: Francois Nel/Getty

Iceland (250-1) Who are they? Iceland were one of the stories of the 2016 European Championships, with 10 per cent of the tiny island flocking to Fr(...)

Iceland’s national team football players and coaching staff celebrate with fans at Ingolfstorg square in the centre of Reykjavik. Photograph: Halldor Kolbein/AFP /Getty Images

Amid the flurry of bodies there was, fleetingly, a moment when Gylfi Sigurdsson just wanted to take it all in. Three hours had passed since full-time(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo inspired his Portugal side to the final. Photograph: Reuters

Iceland: The fact Iceland were at the championships was one of the stories of the tournament. The fact they reached the quarter-finals and knocked ou(...)

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