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Football: FIFA opens probe of Simunic pro-Nazi chants

FIFA on Friday announced that they had opened a probe against Australian-born Croatia defender Josip Simunic for his pro-Nazi chants that marred the country's World Cup qualification celebrations. "Disciplinary proceedings have been opened," a FIFA spokesman told AFP, declining to make further comment on the player's case. It was not clear what penalty Simunic could face.

Football: FIFA opens probe of Simunic pro-Nazi chants

FIFA on Friday announced that they had opened a probe against Australian-born Croatia defender Josip Simunic for his pro-Nazi chants that marred the country's World Cup qualification celebrations. "Disciplinary proceedings have been opened," a FIFA spokesman told AFP, declining to make further comment on the case. Following Croatia's 2-0 home win against Iceland on Tuesday that saw them advance from their World Cup qualifying play-off after a goalless first leg, Simunic took over a microphone at the Maksimir stadium in the Croatian capital Zagreb.

Mandzukic and Srna steer Croatia to World Cup

By Zoran Milosavljevic ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatia hit top gear at crunch time to beat Iceland 2-0 in the return leg of their World Cup playoff on Tuesday and qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil despite playing nearly an hour with 10 men.

Football: Ten-man Croatia qualify for World Cup

Ten-man Croatia secured a berth at their fourth World Cup finals next year with a 2-0 win in their play-off second leg tie against Iceland on Tuesday. With last week's first leg goalless, Iceland arrived in Zagreb full of hope of becoming the smallest ever country to make it to a World Cup. But those dreams were extinguished with goals from Mario Mandzukic in the 27th minute and Darijo Srna's 47th minute contribution. Croatia made it hard for themselves when Mandzukic got sent off for a dangerous tackle not long after his goal.

Football: Croatia qualify for 2014 World Cup finals

Croatia secured a berth at their fourth World Cup finals next year with a 2-0 win in their play-off second leg tie against Iceland on Tuesday. With last week's first leg goalless, Iceland arrived in Zagreb full of hope of becoming the smallest ever country to make it to a World Cup. But those dreams were extinguished with goals from Mario Mandzukic in the 27th minute and Darijo Srna's 47th minute contribution. Croatia made it hard for themselves when Mandzukic got sent off for a dangerous tackle not long after his goal.

Mandzukic and Srna lead 10-man Croatia to World Cup

By Zoran Milosavljevic ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatia reached next year's World Cup finals after goals from striker Mario Mandzukic and captain Darijo Srna secured a 2-0 aggregate win over Iceland following an action-packed return leg of their playoff on Tuesday.

Football: Croatia qualify for 2014 World Cup finals

Croatia secured their berth at next year's world Cup with a 2-0 win in their play-off second leg over Iceland on Tuesday. With last week's first leg goalless Iceland arrived in Zagreb full of hope at becoming the smallest ever country to make it to a World Cup. But those dreams were extinguished with goals from Mario Mandzukic in the 27th minute and Darijo Srna's 47th minute contribution. Croatia made it hard for themselves when Mandzukic got sent off for a dangerous tackle not long after his goal.

Ten-man Iceland hang on for playoff draw versus Croatia

REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - Ten-man Iceland hung on for a heroic 0-0 draw in the first leg of their playoff with Croatia on Friday to keep alive their dream of reaching the World Cup finals for the first time. Croatia had the upper hand in the opening 20 minutes but the home team dealt with the pressure comfortably before establishing their own more direct passing game as the half went on.

Football: Iceland keep World Cup dream alive in Croatia draw

Iceland kept alive their bid to become the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup finals by holding Croatia to a desperate goalless draw on Friday. Reduced to 10 men for the final 40 minutes of the match, Iceland's doughty defence withstood relentless waves of Croatian attack. The result means the islanders, under the watchful eye of experienced Swedish coach Lars Lagerback - who coached the Swedes at two World Cup finals - now go to Zagreb for Tuesday's decisive second leg with absolutely everything to play for.

Football: Croatia squad promised 500,000-euro WC windfall

Croatia's national team will receive a 500,000-euro ($674,000) prize if they qualify for the 2014 World Cup, the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) said Thursday. Croatia have a two-legged play-off against Iceland standing between themselves and a berth in Brazil next year. The first leg is in Reykjavik on Friday with the return match in Zagreb on Tuesday. The prize is to be divided among the players, the federation's spokesman Tomislav Pacak said.
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