Argentina compensate for Messi’s miss
At the end of the match, Iceland walks over to the corner of the stadium where its jubilant fans are celebrating like they’ve won. Argentina’s players wandered off with their hands on their hips, heads down.
Only at the World Cup do two teams each score a goal and come away with a point and one team celebrates and the other acts as though there has been a death in the family. And obviously Iceland becomes the smallest country ever to get a point at the World Cup.
Argentina took the lead at 19th minute with a spectacular goal from Sergio Aguero. It was his first goal in the world cup. But the joy of Argentine fans did not last for long. Just after four minutes Iceland’s Alfred Finnbogasson sent the ball to the net of Argentina with a trick from the D-box.
The two teams went into the half time with 1-1 score. Into the second half Iceland took their defensive stance. Argentine shook the defense of Iceland with attack one after another. But Iceland’s goal keeper strongly gave response to the Argentine forwards. On the 63rd
minute Argentina got a penalty. But Icelandic goalkeeper denied Lionel Messi from scoring goal from the spot kick. Then after the defensive strategy of Iceland made the way for a 1-1 draw against two time world cup champion Argentina when referee whistled the end of the game with 5 minutes extra time.
Argentina first XI:
Wilfredo Caballero, Eduardo Salvio, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Lucas Biglia, Javier Mascherano, Maximiliano Meza, Lionel Messi (capt), Angel di Maria, Sergio Aguero
Iceland first XI:
Hannes Halldorsson, Hordur Magnusson, Kari Arnason, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Birkir Savarsson, Emil Hallfredsson, Aron Gunnarsson (capt), Johann Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Alfred Finnbogason