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Group D of the 2018 FIFA World Cup took place from 16 to 26 June 2018. The group consisted of Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, and Nigeria. The top two teams advanced to the round of 16.

Teams

Draw position Team Pot Confederation Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings
October 2017 June 2018
D1  Argentina 1 CONMEBOL CONMEBOL Round Robin third place 10 October 2017 17th 2014 Winners (1978, 1986) 4
D2  Iceland 3 UEFA UEFA Group I winners 9 October 2017 1st 21
D3  Croatia 2 UEFA UEFA Second Round winners 12 November 2017 5th 2014 Third place (1998) 18
D4  Nigeria 4 CAF CAF Third Round Group B winners 7 October 2017 6th 2014 Round of 16 (1994, 1998, 2014) 41
Notes

Standings

In the round of 16:

  • The winners of Group D will advance to play the runners-up of Group C.
  • The runners-up of Group D will advance to play the winners of Group C.

Matches

All times listed are local time.

Argentina vs Iceland

The two teams have never played each other before.

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16 June 2018 (2018-06-16)
16:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Argentina  1–1  Iceland Otkritie Arena, Moscow
Attendance: 44,190
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Report

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Argentina
Iceland
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 in the 54th minute 54'
RW 13 Maximiliano Meza Substituted off in the 84th minute 84'
AM 10 Lionel Messi (c)
LW 11 Ángel Di María Substituted off in the 75th minute 75'
CF 19 Sergio Agüero
Substitutions:
MF 7 Éver Banega Substituted on in the 54th minute 54'
MF 22 Cristian Pavón Substituted on in the 75th minute 75'
FW 9 Gonzalo Higuaín Substituted on in the 84th minute 84'
Manager:
Jorge Sampaoli
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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 in the 76th minute 76'
CM 20 Emil Hallfreðsson
RW 7 Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson Substituted off in the 63rd minute 63'
LW 8 Birkir Bjarnason
CF 11 Alfreð Finnbogason Substituted off in the 89th minute 89'
Substitutions:
MF 19 Rúrik Gíslason Substituted on in the 63rd minute 63'
DF 23 Ari Freyr Skúlason Substituted on in the 76th minute 76'
FW 9 Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson Substituted on in the 89th minute 89'
Manager:
Heimir Hallgrímsson

Man of the Match:
Hannes Þór Halldórsson (Iceland)

Assistant referees:
Pawel Sokolnicki (Poland)
Tomasz Listkiewicz (Poland)
Fourth official:
Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
Fifth official:
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

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16 June 2018 (2018-06-16)
21:00 KALT (UTC+2)
Croatia  2–0  Nigeria Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
Attendance: 31,136
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Report

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Croatia
Nigeria
GK 23 Danijel Subašić
RB 2 Šime Vrsaljko
CB 21 Domagoj Vida
CB 6 Dejan Lovren
LB 3 Ivan Strinić
CM 7 Ivan Rakitić Booked in the 30th minute 30'
CM 10 Luka Modrić (c)
RW 18 Ante Rebić Substituted off in the 78th minute 78'
AM 9 Andrej Kramarić Substituted off in the 60th minute 60'
LW 4 Ivan Perišić
CF 17 Mario Mandžukić Substituted off in the 86th minute 86'
Substitutions:
MF 11 Marcelo Brozović Booked in the 89th minute 89' Substituted on in the 60th minute 60'
MF 8 Mateo Kovačić Substituted on in the 78th minute 78'
FW 20 Marko Pjaca Substituted on in the 86th minute 86'
Manager:
Zlatko Dalić
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GK 23 Francis Uzoho
RB 12 Shehu Abdullahi
CB 6 Leon Balogun
CB 5 William Troost-Ekong Booked in the 70th minute 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 in the 88th minute 88'
LW 18 Alex Iwobi Substituted off in the 62nd minute 62'
CF 9 Odion Ighalo Substituted off in the 72nd minute 72'
Substitutions:
FW 7 Ahmed Musa Substituted on in the 62nd minute 62'
FW 14 Kelechi Iheanacho Substituted on in the 72nd minute 72'
FW 13 Simeon Nwankwo Substituted on in the 88th minute 88'
Manager:
Germany Gernot Rohr

Man of the Match:
Luka Modrić (Croatia)

Assistant referees:
Emerson de Carvalho (Brazil)
Marcelo Van Gasse (Brazil)
Fourth official:
Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Fifth official:
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

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21 June 2018 (2018-06-21)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Argentina  0–3  Croatia Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
Attendance: 43,319
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Report

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Argentina
Croatia
GK 23 Willy Caballero
CB 2 Gabriel Mercado Booked in the 51st minute 51'
CB 17 Nicolás Otamendi Booked in the 85th minute 85'
CB 3 Nicolás Tagliafico
RM 18 Eduardo Salvio Substituted off in the 56th minute 56'
CM 14 Javier Mascherano
CM 15 Enzo Pérez Substituted off in the 68th minute 68'
LM 8 Marcos Acuña Booked in the 87th minute 87'
RF 10 Lionel Messi (c)
CF 19 Sergio Agüero Substituted off in the 54th minute 54'
LF 13 Maximiliano Meza
Substitutions:
FW 9 Gonzalo Higuaín Substituted on in the 54th minute 54'
MF 22 Cristian Pavón Substituted on in the 56th minute 56'
FW 21 Paulo Dybala Substituted on in the 68th minute 68'
Manager:
Jorge Sampaoli
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GK 23 Danijel Subašić
RB 2 Šime Vrsaljko Booked in the 67th minute 67'
CB 6 Dejan Lovren
CB 21 Domagoj Vida
LB 3 Ivan Strinić
CM 7 Ivan Rakitić
CM 11 Marcelo Brozović Booked in the 90+4th minute 90+4'
RW 18 Ante Rebić Booked in the 39th minute 39' Substituted off in the 57th minute 57'
AM 10 Luka Modrić (c)
LW 4 Ivan Perišić Substituted off in the 82nd minute 82'
CF 17 Mario Mandžukić Booked in the 58th minute 58' Substituted off in the 90+3th minute 90+3'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Andrej Kramarić Substituted on in the 57th minute 57'
MF 8 Mateo Kovačić Substituted on in the 82nd minute 82'
DF 5 Vedran Ćorluka Substituted on in the 90+3th minute 90+3'
Manager:
Zlatko Dalić

Man of the Match:
Luka Modrić (Croatia)

Assistant referees:
Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
Jakhongir Saidov (Uzbekistan)
Fourth official:
Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)
Fifth official:
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

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22 June 2018 (2018-06-22)
18:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Nigeria  2–0  Iceland Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
Attendance: 40,904
Referee: Matthew Conger (New Zealand)
Report

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Nigeria
Iceland
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 in the 90th minute 90'
CM 4 Wilfred Ndidi
RW 11 Victor Moses
LW 2 Brian Idowu Booked in the 44th minute 44' Substituted off in the 46th minute 46'
CF 7 Ahmed Musa
CF 14 Kelechi Iheanacho Substituted off in the 85th minute 85'
Substitutions:
DF 21 Tyronne Ebuehi Substituted on in the 46th minute 46'
FW 9 Odion Ighalo Substituted on in the 85th minute 85'
FW 18 Alex Iwobi Substituted on in the 90th minute 90'
Manager:
Germany Gernot Rohr
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GK 1 Hannes Þór Halldórsson
RB 2 Birkir Már Sævarsson
CB 14 Kári Árnason
CB 6 Ragnar Sigurðsson Substituted off in the 65th minute 65'
LB 18 Hörður Björgvin Magnússon
RM 19 Rúrik Gíslason
CM 17 Aron Gunnarsson (c) Substituted off in the 87th minute 87'
CM 10 Gylfi Sigurðsson
LM 8 Birkir Bjarnason
CF 22 Jón Daði Böðvarsson Substituted off in the 71st minute 71'
CF 11 Alfreð Finnbogason
Substitutions:
DF 5 Sverrir Ingi Ingason Substituted on in the 65th minute 65'
FW 9 Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson Substituted on in the 71st minute 71'
DF 23 Ari Freyr Skúlason Substituted on in the 87th minute 87'
Manager:
Heimir Hallgrímsson

Man of the Match:
Ahmed Musa (Nigeria)

Assistant referees:
Simon Lount (New Zealand)
Tevita Makasini (Tonga)
Fourth official:
Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)
Fifth official:
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

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26 June 2018 (2018-06-26)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Nigeria  1–2  Argentina Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Attendance: 64,468
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Report

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Nigeria
Argentina
GK 23 Francis Uzoho
CB 6 Leon Balogun Booked in the 32nd minute 32'
CB 5 William Troost-Ekong
CB 22 Kenneth Omeruo Substituted off in the 90th minute 90'
DM 10 John Obi Mikel (c) Booked in the 90+1th minute 90+1'
CM 8 Oghenekaro Etebo
CM 4 Wilfred Ndidi
RW 11 Victor Moses
LW 2 Brian Idowu
CF 7 Ahmed Musa Substituted off in the 90+2th minute 90+2'
CF 14 Kelechi Iheanacho Substituted off in the 46th minute 46'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Odion Ighalo Substituted on in the 46th minute 46'
FW 18 Alex Iwobi Substituted on in the 90th minute 90'
FW 13 Simeon Nwankwo Substituted on in the 90+2th minute 90+2'
Manager:
Germany Gernot Rohr
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GK 12 Franco Armani
RB 2 Gabriel Mercado
CB 17 Nicolás Otamendi
CB 16 Marcos Rojo
LB 3 Nicolás Tagliafico Substituted off in the 80th minute 80'
RM 15 Enzo Pérez Substituted off in the 61st minute 61'
CM 14 Javier Mascherano Booked in the 49th minute 49'
CM 7 Éver Banega Booked in the 64th minute 64'
LM 11 Ángel Di María Substituted off in the 72nd minute 72'
CF 10 Lionel Messi (c) Booked in the 90+4th minute 90+4'
CF 9 Gonzalo Higuaín
Substitutions:
MF 22 Cristian Pavón Substituted on in the 61st minute 61'
MF 13 Maximiliano Meza Substituted on in the 72nd minute 72'
FW 19 Sergio Agüero Substituted on in the 80th minute 80'
Manager:
Jorge Sampaoli

Man of the Match:
Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Assistant referees:
Bahattin Duran (Turkey)
Tarık Ongun (Turkey)
Fourth official:
Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Fifth official:
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

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26 June 2018 (2018-06-26)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Iceland  1–2  Croatia Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
Attendance: 43,472
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Report

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

Man of the Match:
Milan Badelj (Croatia)

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

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