Argentina vs Iceland: Messi misses penalty as Argentina held by Iceland

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Who thought Iceland's first goal in the world cup will come against Argentina?

Follow live updates from the game below beginning at game time.

This was the second draw of the 2018 World Cup.

Argentina have one of the most prolific squad with star players such as Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero leading the attacking front. Argentina weren't making the ball count for them and Messi continued to be crowded out whenever he drifted forward in the centre of the pitch.

At 334,000 inhabitants when they qualified, Iceland are the smallest ever nation to reach the World Cup finals. 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.

Argentina were dominating possession in the early stages but could not really break down the compact Iceland defence. The country's population is smaller than that of Stoke-on-Trent, o just getting to the World Cup is an vast achievement. Tagliafico's header goes agonisingly wide of the post after Lionel Messi's delivery.

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But they only qualified for Russian Federation thanks to a win in their final qualifier against Ecuador and scored 19 goals in 18 games, the lowest by any South American qualifier since the single-group format was adopted in the mid-1990s. The end result was a Gylfi Sigurddson shot Caballero could only parry straight to Alfred Finnbogasan, who tapped in.

"The Mascherano-Biglia tandem at midfield secures us defensive alternatives that we will need and that another pair can't give us", Sampaoli said. Yet this fails to take account of the coach's experimentation in recent games, while the fact that their EURO 2016 preparations ran a similar course is also encouraging.

Whilst this is the first ever match for Iceland in the World Cup.

Argentina then had their penalty when Aguero was barged to the ground by Hordur Magnusson - but Halldorsson guessed right to save Messi's strike.

Iceland were indebted to Halldorsson for picking up a point, though, as he kept out Messi's spot-kick shortly after the hour mark.

Iceland defended valiantly in the first half and were able to force a constantly-probing Messi to drop deep, but the first-timers could not stop the quality of Manchester City striker Aguero who was soon to light up proceedings.

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