After losing the 2014 World Cup final to Germany, Argentina have high hopes to go all the way in Russia. In the first half, Iceland have been under the mat, but they have been organised and have defended with heart against their fancied opponents. Iceland 2014 World Cup finalists Argentina open Group D play with high expectations against Iceland, a team known for defying expectations. It was not for a lack of effort, or a shortage of attempts on goal, but the image of the Barcelona star that summed up his day was one of dejection, when he was left staring at the ground at the final whistle, with his hands on his knees. After surviving that scare, the thousands of Argentina fans who packed out the Spartak Stadium were dancing in the Moscow sunshine when Sergio Aguero put them ahead with a superb strike after 19 minutes.
Much like his colleague on the opposite side, Hallgrimsson had to deal with a number of injuries coming into the tournament. Argentina will have no easy opponent in the likes of Iceland in their opening game of the tournament. However, it still took an excellent save from Hannes Halldorsson to keep out Messi's 64th-minute penalty, the first time the Barcelona playmaker had ever missed a spot-kick for his country. It's a strange one, this. Messi demands the ball off Rojo from two yards away, when there really looks like there's no need for a pass, but Messi knows what he's doing - even under pressure he pokes the ball around the defender on his shoulder and looks for it back quickly from Aguero. Iceland get a historic result as the smallest nation to ever qualify for the World Cup take a point off Argentina. It is just a fact that Argentina have superior individuals with superior skills and if we go one-on-one with them you don't need to ask who will win the game.
Argentina Predicted Starting Eleven 4-2-3-1 Caballero — Fazio, Otamendi, Mercado, Tagliafico — Biglia, Mascherano — Salvio, Messi, Di Maria — Aguero. He ended the game having attempted 11 shots without scoring. Pavon is brought down by Saeversson but the referee waves around the protests. The Sun website is regulated by the Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. That could leave Finnbogason, leading the line, feeding on scraps and the central midfielders will have to get stuck in to quell attacks from the back.
For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click. Up stepped Messi, only for the five-time Ballon d'Or winner to see Halldorsson guess correctly and dive full length to his right to keep out the penalty - the fourth time he has missed a spot-kick in his last seven efforts for club and country. Gunnarson, Iceland's skipper, could be crucial. On the flip side, Halldorsson may have just become a Iceland hero. Iceland regularly crowding the defense and blocking moves before it causes any harm. Slovakia were the last World Cup debutants to make it to the knockout stages of the tournament 2010.
The perennial underdogs lineup similarly to how they did at Euro 2016. We know how important every point is to get out of the group. Meanwhile, Argentina will be good going forward, although I do worry about them at the back, but I expect them to win this one. World Cup schedule: Argentina vs. © Copyright Network18 Media and Investments Ltd 2016. Argentina suffered a heart-breaking loss in the final to Germany in extra time at World Cup 2014 in Brazil, and they'll be focused on getting back to the final this tournament.
They are so far from a limited, defensive side. Iceland have a number of familiar names in their ranks after catching the eye in Euro 2016, including Gylfi Sigurdsson, Gudmundsson and Gunnarsson. View our online Press Pack. Iceland come forward and Gylfi Sigurdsson manages to get away a weak shot, Caballero again parries it back into the middle but Argentina clear this time. Substitution: Confirmation of the Iceland change, as Gislason is introduced for Gudmundsson.
He spots Sigurdsson ghosting into the box, and the Everton man dances between two defenders, opens his body up and caresses an effort towards the far corner, but Caballero gets down to save well. They must have secretly wished that he had struck his penalty with such venom. Iceland were soon level though through Alfred Finnbogason's close-range finish, his country's first-ever goal in the World Cup finals. We know how we can win football matches. How can I watch and live stream Argentina vs Iceland for free? Argentina, meanwhile, will feel like it deserved more as the pressure mounts on Jorge Sampaoli after just 90 minutes.
It is early days but, with further tricky group matches to follow against Croatia and Nigeria, you have to wonder if the collective scars from a succession of international near misses are beginning to weigh heavily on this group. Indeed, after two early Messi free-kicks were almost turned in by Nicolas Otamendi and then Nicolas Tagliafico, Iceland missed two wonderful opportunities to take the lead. Argentina reserve goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman said the squad would do everything in their power to give Messi the success he craves but they are expecting a tight match against Iceland. A massive opportunity goes begging. Iceland played very defensively, blocking all spaces but we did everything we could to win. It's such a good day of football today - four great games and just so much to get excited about, but this one is the game of the day in my opinion, and I'm chuffed to have been given the privilege of providing live updates from the game.
Substitution: Lucas Biglia comes off for Ever Banega 53 Mins: You get the feeling that a goal is coming. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. Iceland will be looking to neutralize the attack of Lionel Messi, the captain and goal-scorer for Argentina; he has 64 goals for the national team since joining it 14 years ago. They'll have a specific game plan for nullifying Argentina's many, many talented attackers, and I imagine that will largely involve sitting back and allowing their opponents to dominate the ball. There was nothing in their game that surprised us.
The ball eventually falls to Banega but his curling effort is easily saved. This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's in accordance with our. On Saturday at the World Cup, Iceland held Lionel Messi and Argentina to just a goal, drawing the South Americans 1-1 in its debut game to open up Group D. Messi has his first shot of the afternoon, firing an attempt from distance that is punched away by Halldorsson. Iceland is the smallest nation ever in terms of population to qualify for the World Cup, but this wonderful team has bags of potential and given what they have achieved in the last four years they have no reason to fear anyone.