600 Croatian fans will make the trek to Reykjavík this Friday for the first leg of Croatia’s important World Cup play-off match against Iceland. Reykjavík’s Laugardalsvöllur stadium, which has a capacity of 15,500, sold out in just three hours when tickets went on sale earlier this month.
Around 500 faithful Croatian supporters have purchased tickets, with another 100 tickets going to Croatian FA delegates and sponsors. Because of UEFA regulations only 9,800 tickets went on sale to the Iceland fans. If the Croatians are in full voice then the 600-odd fans could easily out sing the home fans. Niko Kovač’s squad of 25 flew out to Iceland today. It will be the first time in 30 years that an international match has been played this late in the year at the stadium. The return leg will be played next Tuesday at Zagreb’s Maksimir stadium, with the Croatian FA hoping for a full house.