MATCH CENTRE

SAT 16 JUNE 2018, 15:00, SPARTAK STADIUM

1
VS
1

Iceland frustrate Argentina in Moscow

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sat June 16, 17:22

Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland in their opening Group D match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at Spartak Moscow Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The result sees both sides walking away with a point apiece whilst the second match of the group sees Nigeria facing Croatia on Saturday night.

It was the Albiceleste who had an upper hand and piled on the pressure as they looked to bag an early goal.

Luonel Messi forced a strong punch from Hannes Halldorsson from the d-line in the 17th minute.

The Icelandic defence remained solid until the 19th minute when Sergio Aguero’s great turn was followed by a rocket which hit the roof of the net giving the keeper no chance, 1-0.

However, Alfred Finnbogason ensured his side remain in the game when he pounced on a loose ball in the box to beat Wilfredo Caballero in the 23rd minute, 1-1.

Despite their dominance in possession and final third entries, Jorge Sampaoli’s men could not find a second goal before half time.

The South Americans continued to invade the Icelandic penalty area and were awarded a penalty in the 62nd minute when the referee spotted a push.

Skipper Messi stood up to take it, but was denied by Halldorsson who guessed correctly to keep the scores level.

It was all Argentina in the last 10 minutes and Messi attempted a curling shot from distance, but the Barcelona man could not beat Halldorsson on his right corner.

Iceland stood firm at the back to deny the South Americans a win as they bag their first point in their maiden appearance at the tournament.

Argentina: (1) 1 (Kun Aguero 19’)
Iceland: (1) 1 (Finbogasson 23’)

Argentina: Caballero, Tagliafico, Biglia (Banega 53’), Messi, Di Maria (Pavon 75’), Meza (Higuain 84’), Mascherano, Marcos Rojo, Otamendi, Salvio, Kun Aguero

Iceland: Halldorsson, Saevarsson, R. Sigurdsson, J. Gudmundsson (Gislason 63’), Bjarnason, G. Sigurdsson, Finnbogason (Sigurdason 88’), Arnason, Gunnarsson (Skulason 76’), Magnusson, Hallfredsson

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE SPARTAK STADIUM
ARGENTINA GOALS ICELAND GOALS
19. Sergio Agüero (19') 11. Alfred Finnbogason (23')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
ARGENTINA STARTING LINEUP ICELAND STARTING LINEUP
23
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
18
Defender
16
Defender
17
Defender
14
3
6
Midfielder
75'
11
Midfielder
76'
17
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
54'
5
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
84'
13
Midfielder
10
Forward/Striker
10
Midfielder
63'
7
Forward/Striker
19'
19
Forward/Striker
23'
89'
11
SUBSTITUTIONS
Ever Banega
Midfielder
54'
7
Rurik Gislason
Midfielder
63'
19
Cristian Pavón
Midfielder
75'
22
Ari Freyr Skulason
Defender
76'
23
Gonzalo Higuain
Forward/Striker
84'
9
Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson
Forward/Striker
89'
9
CARDS
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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