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FIFA World Cup 2022
Argentina vs Iceland
Argentina vs Iceland
Jun 16, 2018 18:30 IST
SHOTS ON TARGET
FIFA World Cup, 2018
Jun 16, 2018 06:30 PM IST
Angel Di Maria
Angel Di Maria
Angel Fabian Di Maria Hernandez
Enzo Nicolas Perez Segui
Ever Maximiliano David Banega
Giovani Lo Celso
Lucas Rodrigo Biglia
Maximiliano Eduardo Meza
Nahuel Ignacio Guzman Palomeque
Wilfredo Daniel Caballero Lazcano
Gonzalo Gerardo Higuain
Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittini
Paulo Bruno Exequiel Dybala
Sergio Leonel Aguero
Cristian Daniel Ansaldi
Eduardo Antonio Salvio
Faustino Marcos Alberto Rojo
Federico Julian Fazio
Gabriel Ivan Mercado
Javier Alejandro Mascherano
Marcos Javier Acuna
Nicolas Alejandro Tagliafico
Nicolas Hernan Gonzalo Otamendi
Arnor Ingvi Traustason
Aron Einar Gunnarsson
Gylfi Thor Sigurdsson
Johann Berg Gudmundsson
Olafur Ingi Skulason
Samuel Kari Fridjonsson
Frederik August Albrecht Schram
Hannes Thor Halldorsson
Runar Alex Runarsson
Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson
Ari Freyr Skulason
Birkir Mar Saevarsson
Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson
Hordur Bjorgvin Magnusson
Sverrir Ingi Ingason
Argentina come up short of the win, Iceland stay strong
If a team can win a draw that is what Iceland accomplished today. Even with the penalty miss, Lionel Messi and his teammates still had chances. Iceland showed their quality, defending in clean lines and closing down any space in the central areas where Argentina's primary creator creates goals. When forced to go wide, Argentina's crosses and corner kicks made little impact. Lopsided possession statistics show just how frustrated Argentina will be in taking a draw from this first group stage game.
Messi brought down by Hallfredsson
In prime free kick area in the inside left, Emil Hallfredsson brings down Lionel Messi who sets up for the free kick.
Banega tries a chip
Ever Banega sends it over the top but it does not reach Lionel Messi.
Messi with a rare right-footed effort
Iceland keep Lionel Messi from getting it onto his left foot just outside the box so he heads right and scuffs it wide right.
5 minutes of stoppage time
5 minutes of stoppage time for Argentina to find a winner and Iceland to calmly prevent then doing so.
Iceland substitution - Sigurdarson for Finnbogason
Bjorn Sigurdarson for Alfred Finnbogason
Bjorn Sigurdarson (on). Alfred Finnbogason (off). (Iceland)
Mascherano takes a shot
After more Argentina possession and Cristian Pavon maneuvering along the left side, Javier Mascherano manages to get a bouncing right-footed shot through the Iceland block but Hannes Halldorsson kneels and catches.
Surprising shot for Pavon
Cristian Pavon sends in a cross that Hannes Halldorsson just gets a left hand on stopping a certain goal.
Argentina substitution - Higuain for Meza
Gonzalo Higuain for Maximiliano Meza. Maybe some instant offense here from the striker.
Gonzalo Higuain (on). Maximiliano Meza (off). (Argentina)
Argentina possession creates little
Cristian Pavon has a shot blocked after Argentina works the ball in a 20-meter arc around the Iceland goal.
Messi shoots just wide
From a spot where he has found little room all day, Lionel Messi tries to curve it its the right side but it goes wide past a diving Hannes Halldorsson.
Long throw for Magnusson
Hordur Magnusson tosses it into the box but Javier Mascherano clears it.
Mascherano sets up Messi
Good ball over the top from Javier Mascherano is brought down by Lionel Messi but Iceland clears it before he can shoot.
Pavon goes down in the box
Referee Szymon Marciniak has a word with Cristian Pavon after he goes down at the side of the box looking for a penalty. Goal kick is the result.
Iceland substitution - Skulason for Gunnarsson
Ari Skulason for Aron Gunnarsson
Ari Skulason (on). Aron Gunnarsson (off). (Iceland)
Argentina substitution - Pavon for Di Maria
Cristian Pavon for Angel Di Maria
Cristian Pavon (on). Angel Di Maria (off). (Argentina)
Messi directly into the wall
Lionel Messi tries a free kick from a similar spot the last but it goes low and straight into the wall.
Bjarnason runs into Meza
Messi stands over another free kick in a similar spot 25 yards from goal.
Banega shot attempt
Ever Banega has a few meters of space from tyhe left side of the box but his shot dips just low enough for Hannes Halldorsson to catch in the center without trouble.
Argentina work the ball from wing to wing, mostly on the right. Eduardo Salvio and Angel Di Maria do their best to find space in corners to get off crosses but no teammates are there with corresponding runs. Too many Iceland defenders in the way doesn't help.
Sigurdsson misses corner long
Gylfi Sigurdsson tries the inswinger but cannot find anyone deep on the back post. Ball goes out for a goal kick.
Iceland back the other way
Gylfi Sigurdsson works it in from the corner and a deflections gives Iceland a corner.
Messi free kick high
Lionel Messi sends it over the wall but it ends up in the crowd, at least a meter too high.
Argentina try to reset
After the huge penalty save, Argentina continue calm possession in the final third. Lionel Messi takes a foul just outside the box and sets for another free kick.
Lionel Messi penalty saved!
Hannes Halldorsson makes a diving save to his right on Lionel Messi's low penalty.
Iceland substitution - Gislason for Gudmundsson
Rurik Gislason for Johann Gudmundsson
Rurik Gislason (on). Johann Gudmundsson (off). (Iceland)
Injury break - Gudmundsson
Johann Gudmundsson is down on the grass and is attended to by the Iceland trainer.
Banega shot blocked
Lionel Messi lays it off for Ever Banega in space at the top of the box but Gylfi Sigurdsson makes a perfectly timed sliding block.
Meza sends in a corner
Argentina work hard in possession. Maximiliano Meza sends in a corner but it is cleared. Argentina maintain calm passing outside the box but anything close or between the lines is quickly smothered.
Argentina substitution - Banega for Biglia
Ever Banega for Lucas Biglia
Ever Banega (on). Lucas Biglia (off). (Argentina)
Iceland has its 1st corner of the game
Gylfi Sigurdsson swings from the right it in but Willy Caballero punches it away.
Iceland half a chance
Iceland get forward but a cross heads long.
Argentina earn a corner - another header too high for Otamendi
Angel Di Maria earns a corner from a blocked cross but Nicolas Otamendi does not hit it clean while rising above the defense.
Argentina quickly in possession
Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero combine and Eduardo Salvio tries a cross as Iceland resume sitting deep.
Star of 2nd half
No changes for either team. Iceland team took its time getting out there.
End of first half
Argentina had more possession but Iceland has the better chances and could be leading if not for decent work by Willy Caballero, who could be partially at-fault for the Iceland goal. Argentina will need to find a way through or around or over the Iceland defense if they hope to be effective in the 2nd half.
Sigurdsson with two shots
Gylfi Sigurdsson almost puts Iceland in the lead. Picking up a deflected ball in the 6-yard box, Willy Caballero can only parry his right-footed push. Moments later he puts another shot wide.
Iceland with a rare offensive push
Johann Gudmundsson puts in a cross but it is cleared for a Aron Gunnarsson long throw. Ball goes into the box but Nicolas Otamendi clear it upfield.
Argentina earns another corner
Maximiliano Meza takes this corner from the right side but the Lucas Biglia near-post header is up and out.
Messi takes a corner
Lionel Messi takes this corner from the right side but Hannes Halldorsson catches it at his far post.
Argentina corner results in another Iceland clearance
Angel Di Maria sends it in and it is cleared back to him. His next effort is met with another calm clearance upfield. Iceland are not just content to stymie the Argentinian attack. They seem to be enjoying it.
Argentina looking for Messi
Lionel Messi continues to float in front of the central defenders but he can only return passes back, unable to turn.
Iceland swarming in central midfield
Argentina look almost weary as any effort to possess in the center of the pitch is met by one then two Iceland players.
Another long effort from Argentina
After Lionel Messi drops into space and plays a couple passes, Lucas Biglia has space atop the box between the lines and hits a right-footed shot too high.
Referee Szymon Marciniak has a quick word with Angel Di Maria after some post-play shoving. Argentina look frustrated, a familiar reaction for Iceland opponents.
Long throw for Iceland
Aron Gunnarsson tosses in a trademark long throw but Argentina wins the first ball.
Argentina with another corner
Angel Di Maria swings it in again but Nicolas Otamendi can't get enough on it. Hannes Halldorsson makes the easy catch.
Angel Di Maria swings in the ball and Iceland clears. He will do it again.
Iceland score! Finnbogason capitalizes on Caballero deflection
Alfred Finnbogason is in the right place at the right time and does not miss! After Iceland work the ball around the Argentina goal, Willy Caballero can only deflect ball across his goal and the ball falls to the Iceland forward.
Alfred Finnbogason (Iceland)
Another deep drive from Messi
Lionel Messi follows up on a defended pass and hits it low and wide from 25 meters away but Hannes Halldorsson has it all the way.
Aguero scores! Argentina 1-0!
Marcos Rojo sends a shot in but it carries to Sergio Aguero around the penalty spot. He controls, turns and puts a left-foot strike into the top corner!
Sergio Aguero. Assist by Marcos Rojo (Argentina)
First chance for Messi
Lionel Messi fires a left-footed blast from the top of the box but Hannes Halldorsson punches it away without too much trouble.
Argentina doing their best in tight spaces
Angel Di Maria and Lionel Messi establish some territory in the left side of the box but Iceland stand tough and clear it upfield.
Iceland comfortable in defense - looking to break
Iceland dictating the pace so far with a compact 4-4-2 in their own half. Nicolas Otamendi attempts a shot from distance but it goes well over the goal. Not much space for Argentina to get anything central going right now.
Corner for Argentina
Angel Di Maria sends in the the outswinger but Alfred Finnbogason clears calmly with his right foot.
Iceland just misses
After Willy Caballero struggles to play it out of the back under pressure, Birkir Bjarnason puts a right footed shot just wide.
Free kick and a header just wide
After a foul outside the box, Nicolas Tagliafico tries a stooping header but it goes just wide.
Another Iceland foul disrupts Argentina's attack
Aron Gunnarsson fouls Lionel Messi along the right wing.
Iceland playing physical
Birkir Bjarnason fouls Maximiliano Meza on the right wing after Iceland loses the ball
Free kick deflected just wide
Lionel Messi sends in a left-footed free kick through the box but Nicolas Otamendi does not get enough on it to put a header on goal.
Early chance for Argentina
Kari Arnason steps on the foot of Nicolas Tagliafico on the left wing. Lionel Messi looks over a free kick.
Iceland get the ball forward and settle into a high press as Argentina try to play it out from the back.
Argentina wear black shirts and black shorts. Iceland have white shirts with blue sleeves and white shorts.
Players and anthems on the field
The teams take the field. Argentina hears its anthem first.
Group D begins with a bang - Argentina vs. Iceland
2014 World Cup finalists Argentina open Group D play with high expectations against Iceland, a team known for defying expectations. Iceland made its reputation recently with a surprising run to the quarter-finals of the 2016 UEFA European Championship and a large chunk of Iceland's population will be seated today at Spartak Stadium in Moscow hoping for something similar. On the other side 2014 Golden Ball winner Lionel Messi will leade his country in what could be his last world cup. More heroics will be expected of the Barcelona forward after his efforts made the difference in Argentina's tough road just to qualify for this tournament.
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