Not this time. Despite the fact that they could have done, they truly could.
Two years on from their children's story walk to the knockout phases of the European Championship - and memorable embarrassment of England - Iceland neglected to rehash the accomplishment at the World Cup here.
In any case, there was no disgrace in missing the mark for the competition's littlest ever country after what was an exciting, see-saw peak to Group D that saw them thunderclapped from the field by their armed force of supporters.
"We demonstrated that we should have been here; we can contend with the best," said supervisor Heimir Hallgrímsson subsequently, broadcasting he "couldn't be more pleased with the players".
A night which started with those players expecting to win by two objectives against Croatia wound up one in which they expected to score only one, at that point two, at that point three, at that point two and after that one to set up set up a reprisal mission against Euro 2016 heros France and clearly end the global profession of Lionel Messi.
Rather, it is Hallgrímsson's opportunity at this level might attract to a nearby after Iceland surrendered to adversaries who had just proposed they were equipped for imitating the history-production accomplishments of their own most commended group, which completed third at the 1998 World Cup.
"I'm in the best occupation on the planet," said Hallgrímsson - who broadly consolidates dealing with his nation with being a dental practitioner - before conceding he was thinking about his future.
"I will take possibly 14 days to consider it."
That will without a doubt include thinking about seven years as, to start with, collaborator chief, at that point joint director with Lars Lagerback, lastly a two-year spell in sole charge.
"We have discovered a character for the Icelandic national group." he stated, slants reverberated by inverse number Zlatko Dalic.
Dalic had given Iceland each shot of rehashing their prevail upon Croatia in World Cup qualifying by rolling out nine improvements to his own particular side after they anchored a last-16 spot in Russia.
Hallgrímsson's men likewise had the help of the group at a setting where three of their squad play their club football, featured by an early extensive thunderclap.
That came amid a break in play when Birkir Bjarnason took an elbow to the nose from Marko Pjaca and was constrained was compelled to leave the field for a few minutes, amid which time Messi had scored for Argentina in Group D's other diversion against Nigeria to leave Iceland requiring only one objective to advance.
Croatia were playing hazard free football until, similar to England two years back, they were shaken by the main long toss from Aron Gunnarson, which Hordor Magnusson flicked crosswise over objective.
Floated, Iceland started to get in their adversaries' countenances, cultimating in a cap trap of chances minutes before half-time.
Alfred Finnbogason discharged barely wide in the wake of victimizing Milan Badelj and playing a one-two with Gylfi Sigurdsson, and Lovre Kalinic obstructed Bjarnason's shot in the wake of spilling a corner before fantastically repulsing Gunnarsson's twisting exocet.
Yet, the one objective they expected to qualify ended up three close to the restart when Nigeria evened out against Argentina and they themselves fell behind.
Badelj had recently struck the crossbar from 20 yards when Josip Pivaric burst into the case before curtailing a redirected cross his partner struck first time in the ground and past Hannes Halldorsson.
A Herculean errand was very quickly made less demanding when another long toss caused disorder in the Croatia box, with Sverrir Ingason's header tipped over by Kalinic.
Ingason went much nearer from the subsequent Sigurdsson corner, bouncing most elevated and hitting the crossbar.
Bjarnason lightened another incredible shot from Finnbogason's cross before the help arrived, Croatia substitute Dejan Lovren dealing with Sigurdsson's cross in the case.
Having missed from the spot against Nigeria, the Everton midfielder slammed his punishment straight down the center.
The thunderclaps were coming thick and quick, and when Argentina scored once more, all of a sudden Iceland were back to requiring only one objective to qualify.
In any case, as they urgently tossed men on to discover a champ, they exited a lot of room at the back and Perisic meandered into it before rifling home left footed.
Dalic evaded addresses a short time later about Croatia's odds of winning the World Cup yet said of their last-16 conflict against Denmark: "This is our snapshot of truth."