Argentina 1-1 Iceland

18 June 2018, 01:37 | Santos Harmon

Alfred Finnbogasson scored Iceland's first ever World Cup goal

Messi disappoints as Iceland do enough to earn a point against Argentina

"There are some things you hope or wish for, and saving a penalty from Messi in the first game is definitely one of them", Halldorsson said.

Now with Danish side Randers, Halldorsson capped his side's superb defensive display against the two-time world champions by diving to his right and saving Lionel Messi's 64th-minute spot-kick.

Although in the second half it seemed Lionel Messi's side would make tables turn, thanks to epic save by Hannes Halldorsson, even though Argentina earned a penalty, Messi could not turn it into Buenos Aires' glory.

The biggest talking point, though, came in the shape of Iceland stopper Hannes Halldorsson saving Lionel Messi's second-half penalty.

He went equally nuts when Finnbogason's equalizer went in.

That said, the Albiceleste did take just 19 minutes to muscle their way into the lead when Sergio Aguero did what he does best, carving out a sliver of room and firing home in a crowded box, to score his first World Cup goal in eight appearances.

Ronaldo criticized Iceland the same way after Portugal's 1-1 draw in Iceland's Euro 2016 debut.

Messi disappoints as Iceland do enough to earn a point against Argentina
A star-studded Argentina could not beat Iceland

Iceland stood firm despite early pressure from Argentina after the break with Ever Banega replacing Lucas Biglia in the 53rd minute in a bid to add more potency to the attack. That gives us all a few days to replace the blown-out speakers on our laptops.

Aguero opened the scoring in Argentina's Group D 1-1 draw against Iceland in Moscow on Saturday before Alfred Finnbogason hit back with Iceland's first World Cup goal.

Argentina piled on after this but despite all of their effort, Iceland were able to hold on and get a stunning draw. They were given multiple chances to clear and the ball would eventually fall to the feet of Augsburg's Alfred Finnbogason who duly finished to send the Icelandic hordes in Russian Federation and at home insane.

This was a situation which I knew could come up. Not once did the smallest-ever nation to play at the World Cup look overawed by the occasion and they more than matched their more illustrious opponents, using their physicality to great effect, pressing high up the line and scrapping for every ball.

After all, greatness isn't defined by a single World Cup performance.

A clearly ruffled Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli defended Messi and his players, predicting they would bounce back against Croatia and Denmark to progress from Group D. Messi and his men found it very hard to break through a very tight Iceland defense. I feel responsible for not having the three points.

But the best chance of the opening minutes fell to Iceland when a shot from outside the area after nine minutes took a deflection and fell to Birkir Bjarnason, who scuffed wide with just keeper Willy Caballero to beat. "I know he's committed to helping us get into the next round".

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