FIFA.com looks back at Croatia’s World Cup qualifying experiences over the past few months, having only secured qualification after two tense encounters with Iceland in the play-offs.
Mario Mandzukic scored in the first-half before being shown a straight red card, and captain Darijo Srna scored two minutes after the break to give Croatia a 2-0 victory of visiting Iceland to book their ticket to Brazil 2014.
Despite going down a man six minutes into the second half, Iceland held Croatia to a scoreless draw in Reykjavik to send the play-off into Tuesday's second leg in Zagreb with everything to play for.
Ivan Perisic speaks to FIFA.com about Croatia’s fight for FIFA World Cup qualification, why the tournament being staged in Brazil is an added incentive, how special matches are against Serbia and life at Wolfsburg.
Cesc Fabregas, Ahmed Hassan and Juan Mata feature in FIFA.com's usual look at the fortchoming week's football birthday boys and girls.
FIFA.com chatted exclusively to Croatia captain Darijo Srna about his country's FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaign, playing in the UEFA Champions League with Shakhtar Donetsk and the importance of family.