Posted: Tue November 19, 2013 5:53PM; Updated: Tue November 19, 2013 5:53PM

Croatia ends Iceland's World Cup dream, cements Brazil berth

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Croatia manager Niko Kovac
Croatia manager Niko Kovac stepped in for the World Cup qualifying playoffs and guided his side to Brazil after defeating Iceland in a two-leg playoff.
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ZAGREB, Croatia — Croatia ended Iceland's bid to become the nation with the smallest population to reach a World Cup, winning 2-0 Tuesday night following a 0-0 tie last week in the first leg of their European playoff.

Dario Mandzukic scored in the 22nd minute, then was given a red card nine minutes later for a studs-up tackle against Johann Gudmundsson. Mandzukic's goal came after Ivan Rakitic's cross was deflected into the penalty area by Ivan Perisic.

Darijo Srna added a goal in the 47th for Croatia, which won the home-and-home, total-goals series 2-0 and qualified for its fourth World Cup since becoming an independent state in 1991.

WILSON: Kovac completes Croatia mission

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