After the mindblowing performance by Christiano Ronaldo during Portugal Vs Spain match, all eyes were on Lionnel Messi to showcase his magic during Argentina Vs Iceland match. But Lionnel Messi wasted a golden chance by missing a penalty kick , which made Argentina settles to a 1 – 1 draw with a world cup debutant Iceland.
This draw is just like a WIN for Iceland as they made valuable 1 point strike towards the point table.
The match started with with clear tactical approaches from both team with Argentina were showing more aggression. It was paid off nicely as Sergio Aguero got Argentina’s World Cup underway with a 19th minute strike. Messi fired a low ball to the Manchester City forward who turned and struck the ball from behind him into the roof of the net.
While Argentina looked more fluid between the midfield and attack, there was a soft defence which Iceland knew they could expose. A series of low crosses were flapped away by Willy Caballero and the ball eventually fell to Alfred Finnbogason who was well placed to tap the ball in from close range.
At half-way stage scores were level Argentina 1 – 1 Iceland.
The second half Argnetina was showing more determination as they fled through Iceland half. Even though none of the balls hits the net, Messi and co were so eager to get a lead into the game.
Watch full highlights of Argentina Vs Iceland FIFA World cup football match here:
Most of the times , it was the Man of the Match performance by Hannes Halldorsson, who is now Icelandic for ‘hero’, was the wall between Argentina and the win. At first he perfectly identified Messi’s penalty kick and by jumping to his right and block Argetina lead. Other times he extended his hands fully stretch to avoid certain goal shots. He was really stopless.
Messi missed to score the penalty – Argentina vs Icleand match on saturday
“Messi was in a very uncomfortable situation because Iceland played very defensively. He couldn’t find the space he needs. But we still believe in ourselves and we know that we have all the tools to succeed.” – Jorge Sampaoli, Argentina coach
Argentina are already missing Sergio Romero as the Manchester United’s Sergio Romero was Argentina’s goalkeeper of choice during their qualifying matches but was ruled out of the World Cup with a knee injury, meaning Willy Caballero, who has never played a competitive match for Argentina, started in his place.
Argentina failed to win, looked vulnerable in defence, and even Messi had an off day. All that is true. But there were also positives. It was a brave, attacking line-up with a clear tactical plan, and there were signs that there may be better to come from Sampaoli’s side in the games ahead.
It is very important to tell the perofrmance by Iceland. Iceland is showing that Euro 2016 was no fluke. 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 was knocking on the door throughout the entire match, but he missed a penalty kick in the second half. His teammates relied on him too much and as said Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson impressed with seven saves. Argentina dominated the ball with 78 percent of the possession and outshot Iceland 27-8, but the ball just wouldn’t hit the back of the net for both sides during the final hour.
Iceland secure historic draw on World Cup debut
“This is a great success for Iceland. I firmly believe that Argentina will go far in this World Cup, so it’s a fantastic result for us. We could not give them too much space, knowing the talent they have. But although they had some good opportunities, so did we.” – Heimir Hallgrimsson, Iceland coach
See all goals details of Argentina Vs Iceland World cup football match:
- 19′: GOOOOOOOOOAALLL!!!
Sergio Aguero puts Argentina in front!
- 23′: GOOOOOOOALLL!!! Iceland are level!!!
Chaos at the back for Argentina and Finnbogason pokes home! Argentina get themselves in all sorts of trouble at the back and just cannot clear their lines. Sigurdsson gets two bites of the cherry to deliver from the right and the second one, drilled in low, is parried by Caballero but only as far as Alfred Finnbogason, who makes no mistake from six yards out.
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