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Messi fails to match Ronaldo as Iceland catch Argentina cold in Moscow

17 June, 2018, 11:48 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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The national teams of Argentina and Iceland exchanged spectacular offensives and showed excellent defense during their Group D opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, held on Saturday at the Spartak Arena in Moscow.

Wright, in Russian Federation as a pundit for ITV and Fox Sports, took an afternoon off from the day job to watch the Group D opener in Moscow.

Sergio Aguero scored the opener for the two-time world champions in the 19th minute but his strike was nearly immediately cancelled out by Alfred Finnbogaso.

Argentina were frustrated by Iceland on Saturday afternoon in their 1-1 draw, with the European team's goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson so impressive that he earned the man of the match award.

"I didn't want to get lazy before the World Cup". "I feel responsible for not having been able to take the three points".

Messi has missed more than 20 penalty kicks in his career, showing there is perhaps one flaw in his genius.

Johann Beg Gudmundsson was forced off injured after becoming the first Claret to play at a World Cup Finals in 36 years.

Argentina is playing its next Group D match against Croatia on June 21 in Nizhny Novgorod, while Iceland is set to take on their group opponents Nigeria on June 22 in Volgograd. "It will be unfair to give some player the role of marking Messi" he said.

"We're bluntly honest in our ability", coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said. "It will surely depend on how this month goes, on how we finish in the tournament", he added.

"To evaluate and characterise Lionel Messi's work is hard because it was an uncomfortable match for him", Sampaoli said.

ALSO READ: Focus on Messi as Argentina begin World Cup campaign against Iceland Accompanied by Torino full back Nicolas Tagliafico, Sampaoli's willingness to share team secrets spoke volumes about the confidence Lionel Messi has inculcated in the team.

While the result was not on the scale of that Iceland produced to eliminate England from Euro 2016, it was a major boost for the tiny nation, who retain hopes of advancing from a group that also includes Nigeria and Croatia.

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