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Iceland, Croatia draw in WCQ playoff

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Darijo Srna of Croatia (L) challenges Johann Gudmundsson (R) during their World Cup playoff...
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Iceland overcame the second half sending-off of Olafur Skulason to hold on for a 0-0 draw against Croatia in the first leg of their World Cup playoff on Friday, keeping the tiny Nordic nation in contention for a place at a first major tournament.

After a tight first half, the Croatians took command in Reykjavik after Skulason was dismissed for a professional foul in the 51st minute, but couldn't find a way past Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson and his packed defense.

Eduardo had a weak shot cleared away from near the goalline after barely a minute for Croatia, whose substitute Ivica Olic forced a fine reaction save from Halldorsson in the 55th.

The second leg is in Zagreb on Tuesday, with Iceland - with a population of around 320,000 - looking to become the least populous country to play at a World Cup.

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