The hosts, number one in FIFA's world rankings, were missing several players due to injury, with striker Romelu Lukaku ruled out a day before.
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Switzerland kept their Nations League semifinal hopes alive and sent Iceland down to the second tier with a 2-1 win in rainy Reykjavik.
Kylian Mbappe scored a penalty in the final minute to rally France from a two-goal deficit and draw Iceland on Thursday night.
Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku scored twice and won a penalty that Eden Hazard converted as they crushed Iceland 3-0 in their Nations League clash.
The 51-year-old guided Iceland to their first World Cup in Russia where they were eliminated in the group stage.
The World Cup has been superb on the pitch but equally brilliant off it thanks to the rich, vibrant and merry travelling fans who came to party.
Iceland manager Heimir Hallgrimsson admitted his 'proud' team's 'batteries' were on empty following a 2-1 World Cup-ending loss to Croatia.
Iceland had the faintest hope of the knockout stages, but Croatia's 2-1 win put those to bed and secured Luka Modric & Co. a top spot in Group D.
Milan Badelj and Ivan Perisic scored in the second half for Croatia, who secured their place in the knockout stages with a 2-1 victory over Iceland.
More drama, late goals, heartbreaks, and one great escape. Here are the best numbers from the thrilling final round of games in Group C & D.
Argentina have to beat Nigeria and hope Iceland don't beat top team Croatia if they are to stay in the World Cup.
Nothing less than a win will do for Iceland against Croatia if they are to emulate their Euro 2016 success by making it to the knockout stage.
Jayaditya Gupta experiences the Icelandic Viking clap at the Volgograd Arena while also being impressed by the attendance figures so far in Russia.
Nigeria's top players needed persuasion to change positions in a tactical shake-up but coach Gernot Rohr's plans paid dividends as they beat Iceland
Iceland need to beat a Croatia side their coach Heimir Hallgrimsson described as being like the other half of a married couple to make the last 16.
Ahmed Musa's majestic double saw Nigeria past Iceland and, in the process, threw Lionel Messi and Argentina a World Cup lifeline in Group D.
Ahmed Musa scored two superb goals as Nigeria jump-started their World Cup campaign with a 2-0 win over Iceland in Group D on Saturday.
After wins for Brazil and Nigeria, Friday wraps up with a clash of European counterparts.
England and Tunisia players could be seen swatting away gnats during their opening World Cup game in the southern Russian city on Monday.
Iceland received deserved praise for coming back from a one-goal deficit against Lionel Messi & Co. But bigger goals beckon.
The loss to Croatia has left Nigeria needing to beat Iceland to keep their World Cup hopes alive. Here are three ways they can do just that.
Iceland will try not to melt in the fierce heat of Volgograd when they take on Nigeria in only their second ever World Cup match on Friday
You want more World Cup drama? You got it Saturday, with Messi's missed shot heard 'round the world and the VAR-ty during France's opening win.
Halldorsson's performance had all the makings of a Hollywood movie, with drama to spare and a heroic finale. It's easy to see why.