Iceland stunned the football world when they reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, beating Austria and England on the way and they will be eager to continue their improvement at global level. Yesterday Cristiano Ronaldo wowed critics with a hat trick performance against Spain, with the game all but under wraps, his third goal coming in the 88th minute to secure the draw. Game time for Leo Messi!
The two-time World Cup and 2014 runners-up Argentina are prepping up to take part in their 17th finals appearance, while Iceland - the smallest nation of all 32 countries in terms of population with just under 335,000 locals - are making their first World Cup appearance in Russian Federation.
He sported the look as Argentina took the lead through Sergio Aguero, 30, before Iceland equalised through Alfred Finnbogason, 29. Meanwhile, Iceland are the most clinical team in the tournament as of now, as they have only had one shot on target. which they converted.
Sergio Aguero scored an eye-catching opener for the two-time world champions in the 19th minute but it was nearly immediately cancelled out by Alfred Finnbogason, whose team then held on in the face of vast pressure.
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"If someone is surprised (by that) then, they don't know much about Iceland football". In fact, they have won 12 of their last 15 group games at the World Cup (D2 L1), their only defeat in that run coming against England in 2002 (0-1).
They hit on the counter and gave Argentina a scare when Bjorn Sigurdarson pounced on a loose ball only to rifle his shot just wide of the post. Gylfi Sigurdsson produced the initial cross, which deflected and eluded Caballero before falling to Finnbogason, who struck from close range.
Argentina improved after the break, particularly after Sampaoli brought on Ever Banega to replace Lucas Biglia. The Nordic country conceded as many as 11 goals during the thread of three defeats and a draw in last four friendly internationals (against Mexico, Peru, Norway and Ghana).
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In Iceland, they face the World Cup debutants.
In the 64 minute, Lionel Messi stepped up to take a spot kick and in an all too familiar scene, he missed!
After conceding in the 19 minute, Iceland responded with a goal of their own just 4 minutes later.
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