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FIFA World Cup, Argentina vs Iceland Highlights: Argentina 1-1 Iceland at full time; Lionel Messi misses penalty

FIFA World Cup 2018, Argentina vs Iceland Highlights: Argentina and Iceland played out a 1-1 draw in the first game from Group D at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: June 16, 2018 8:48:21 pm
Argentina vs Iceland Live FIFA World Cup 2018, Argentina vs Iceland: Argentina were held to 1-1 draw by Iceland. (Source: Reuters)

FIFA World Cup 2018, Argentina vs Iceland Highlights: The opening game of Group D at the World Cup witnessed title favourites, Argentina, against fan favourites, Iceland, at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow. Or, veterans against debutants. But after 90 minutes and five minutes of stoppage time at the end, the minnows came out the happier having held Argentina to a 1-1 draw. The 2014 World Cup runners-up took the lead courtesy Sergio Aguero before Finbogason equalised just two minutes later. Lionel Messi had the chance to put Argentina in the lead in the second half but he missed his third penalty in national colours to see off a disappointing start to the extravaganza. (FIFA World Cup 2018 News | Fixtures | Points Table)


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20:30 (IST)16 Jun 2018

MASSIVE MASSIVE RESULT FOR ICELAND! Almost fittingly in the Messi vs Ronaldo rivalry, Messi tries to curl a free kick as the last chance into the game but hits the wall. Yesterday night, Ronaldo had curled it into the corner for an equaliser against Spain. Comes back to Messi and he kicks it away in frustration. Not the start Argentina would have liked but all credit to Iceland for remaining firm and not buckling under immense pressure. Let the Viking Claps begin (again)!

20:22 (IST)16 Jun 2018

Messi tiptoes on the edge of the box to beat one marker but doesn't find the target from his right foot. Blazes over and no joy for Lionel Messi. 

20:20 (IST)16 Jun 2018
Added time

Five minutes have been added on after the 90 minutes. Diego Maradona in the stands doesn't look pleased with the scoreline. Can Argentina bring a smile to the 1986 World Cup winner's face? Another late goal maybe? Let's see....

20:19 (IST)16 Jun 2018

Argentina: Gonzalo Higuain replaces Meza

Iceland: Sigurdason comes on to replace the goalscorer Finnbogason

20:17 (IST)16 Jun 2018

Low cross whipped into the area by Pavon and it evades all bodies to make its way to the far post. Halldorsson parries it away from danger. Neat effort to push the ball away

20:14 (IST)16 Jun 2018
Messi goes close

Lionel Messi receives the ball on the edge of the box and shapes a beautiful, trademark curler just wide of the left post with Halldorsson beaten. Looked headed for the corner of the goal but just wide...

20:12 (IST)16 Jun 2018
Messi penalty miss

This image (or a variant) could don covers tomorrow morning in Argentina were the game stay this way. But each game in the last two days (and today) has seen a late goal.

Lionel Messi missed a penalty against Iceland. (Source: Reuters)
20:08 (IST)16 Jun 2018
Penalty appeal

Massive penalty appeal by Argentina and this one looks close. Even as the referee looks convinced that it was nowhere near a penalty. TV replays suggest Pavo was indeed brought down by Saevarsson.  Not even consulted with VAR... 

19:59 (IST)16 Jun 2018

Just before the penalty was awarded to Argentina, Iceland brought on Gislason for the injured Gudmundsson.

19:57 (IST)16 Jun 2018
19:55 (IST)16 Jun 2018

Long ball into the Iceland box and Aguero is brought down after a ollision with Magnusson. PENALTY FOR ARGENTINA! Lionel Messi steps up and it is palmed away by Halldorsson. Third penalty missed by Messi in Argentina colours. It remains 1-1 in Moscow after 66 minutes played

19:51 (IST)16 Jun 2018
Gundmundsson down

Injury to Iceland's number 7 Gundmundsson who has stayed down. Gets some attention from the medical staff before walking away. But doesn't look like he'll be able to continue. Message being relayed to the Iceland bench and the time wastage doesn't impress Sampaoli who complains to the referee. The change will have to wait until the ball goes out. 

19:48 (IST)16 Jun 2018

Little bit of space opening up at the edge of Iceland box and Ever Banega has a crack from distance but it is blocked away. Rock solid!

19:44 (IST)16 Jun 2018

First Argentina change: Biglia comes off for Ever Banega in the 53rd minute

19:42 (IST)16 Jun 2018
Icelandic wall

Argentina's quest to find little bit of space and to push the ball into the box is met repeatedly with the Icelandic defence. Finding little to no space to get a shot on. Maybe time to try something from distance? For now, Argentina remain patient and move the ball around

19:37 (IST)16 Jun 2018
Argentina get things underway

Second half underway! Argentina get the ball rolling. It is 1-1 in Moscow. Messi and co have dominated the ball, can they convert it into a goal?

19:34 (IST)16 Jun 2018
Second half

Argentina players first out of the tunnel and take the pitch. Iceland, meanwhile, keep their much fancied opponents waiting. Meanwhile, Mascherano breaking Argentina's record for most appearances - more than Javier Zanetti. Mascherano also made more passes than the entire Iceland team

19:29 (IST)16 Jun 2018
Stats from first half

Massive difference in possession and ball keeping between the two sides. 75-25% possession between the two sides and 311-85 in the passes department. All the stats

19:20 (IST)16 Jun 2018

Argetina and Iceland are locked at 1-1 at half time. That was a lot of fun in the first 45 minutes. Argentina deservedly took the lead and Iceland rightfully equalised. Since then, it has been equal chances at both ends. A draw, at this stage, a fair outcome.

19:18 (IST)16 Jun 2018

Massive chance for Iceland to take the lead at the stroke of half time. Long ball into the box comes on nicely for Gylfi Sigurdsson, who opens his body to slide a low shot towards the far corner. In a repeat of the equaliser, Caballero with yet another unconvincing save, palming it dangerously inside his area and the player following up goes flying after a block. Moments later, Sigurdsson with a volley wide from the edge of the box. A player of his quality should have done better

Argentina vs Iceland Live FIFA World Cup 2018 Live: Iceland fans gather in Zaryadye Park. (Source: Reuters)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Live: Argentina boast of one of the best attacks at the World Cup - Lionel Messi, Angel di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero are some of the options that Jorge Sampaoli has at his disposal. And yet, Argentina needed a hat-trick on the last day of qualifying to book a ticket to Russia. For the La Albiceleste, the chances squandered is the biggest concern and it has happened time and again in their quest for glory. At the other end, Iceland have little to lose after the minnows qualified for the World Cup by keeping Croatia, Ukraine and Turkey at bay. Heimir Hallgrimsson’s men are one that catch the fancy of the fans and after France in 2016, expect more of the same in Russia.

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