Argentina bites the teeth on stiff, Iceland

Argentina has its start at the world Cup missed. In the stadium of Spartak Moscow became the runner up at the worlds Saturday afternoon in its first match in group D, not further than 1-1 against Iceland. Lionel Messi missed in the second period a penalty.

The Argentine star player Lionel Messi in a duel with Icelandic players © BELGAIMAGE

The basiself of Argentina contained no surprises. Jorge Sampaoli had his eleven names Friday already published and held to be fixed. Messi started alongside Meza (player of Independiente) and Angel Di Maria in support of deep striker Agüero. Juventusvedetten Higuain and Dybala started on the bench. Lucas Biglia (ex-Anderlecht) was the kick-off, just as Javier Mascherano. That took so 144e cap, which he record-holder Javier Zanetti crossed.

In Iceland started Alfred Finnbogason (ex-Lokeren) in the point of the attack.

Both teams took no time for a study tour. After an attractive opening with chances over and over again (for, among others, ex-Standardspeler Bjarnason) did Aguëro the nets as the first vibration. The striker of Manchester City found space in the penalty kicked to the left, the 1-0 untenable.

Iceland responded almost immediately. The Argentines, with goalkeeper Caballero in an unfortunate starring role, got the ball back and Finnbogason tapped in (1-1).

A technically superior Argentina, in the stands encouraged by Maradona, dominated the remainder of the first half but score didn Messi and co not more.

After the break, it was Messi just past the hour the opportunity to bring the country back on lead to stairs. After a (light) duwfout of Magnusson to Meza if the Barcelona star from eleven metres to build, but Halldorsson dived to the right corner.

Argentina kept on searching for the 2-1 against a strong defense, Iceland and a final offensive was Messi even close to the hoped-for goal, but his shot brushed the post. The Argentine number 10 has had its day.

Saturday night play Croatia and Nigeria, the two other countries in the group, in Kaliningrad against each other.

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