"I would like to use this opportunity to compliment the Russian party on the fantastic organisation of the World Cup," Asgeirsdottir said at a round table on developing economic relations between Iceland and Russia's Rostov Region.

The ambassador added that the Icelandic media were writing in glowing terms about Russia, the World Cup and "the Russian people and their impressive hospitality."

She also said that the World Cup had boosted tourism and trade between Russia and Iceland.

Iceland will take on Croatia in their last Group D match in Rostov-on-Don on Tuesday, knowing nothing but a victory would suffice to see them through to the round of 16.