FIFA World Cup 2018 Day 3: Lionel Messi and Argentina hit Icelandic wall

FIFA World Cup 2018 Day 3: Lionel Messi and Argentina hit Icelandic wall

Lionel Messi's Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland.

Lionel Messi's missed penalties and Argentina's failure to find a way through the Iceland defence remained the biggest talking point of day three of Russia 2018. Faced with a resolute and multi-layered defensive line, Argentina went ahead thanks to Sergio Aguero but Iceland equalised almost immediatly thanks to Alfred Finnbogason. They then won a 64th minute penalty which Messi took. But it turned out to be a woefully taken penalty by the five-time Balon D'Or winner which Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorrsson saved. Iceland then didn't let Argentina through for the rest of the match and the game ended in a draw. Earlier, Paul Pogba put up a stellar display as France beat Australia 2-1. Denmark captain Kasper Schmeichel was the standout player as they beat Peru 1-0 while Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0. (Source: Reuters)

Mile Jedinak scored for Australia to give them the lead. (Source: Reuters)

France but turned on the heat on the Australians led by a stellar effort from Paul Pogba. Antoine Griezmann converted a penalty to equalise while Pogba scored the winner in the 81st minute, although it is unsure whether it was deemed his goal or an Aziz Behich own goal. (Source: Reuters)

The second match of the day was the standout fixture in which Iceland valiantly held an Argentine attacking line up consisting of the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and later Gonzalo Higuain to a 1-1 draw. (Source: Reuters)

Kasper Schmeichel was the standout player as his Denmark beat Peru 1-0. (Source: Reuters)

Croatia pulled off a straightforward 2-0 win over Nigeria. (Source: Reuters)

The fourth day in Russia sees defending champions Germany take on Mexico at 8.30 PM. After that, Brazil play Switzerland at 10.30 PM. The first match of the day will be between Costa Rica and Serbia. (Source: Reuters)