The Iceland star faces the media ahead of the World Cup
Paul Grover for the Telegraph
17 June, 2018, 06:26
When the match got underway, Argentina endured a subdued start to the game; Messi's first shot on target after 15 minutes was beaten away by Hannes Halldórsson.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has scored his first goal at a World Cup as Argentina took the lead before Alfred Finnbogason equalised from close-range.
Luckily for him, Argentina's first opponent is the worst of the three others in Group D, Iceland.
But if anyone expected Iceland to roll over on their silver screen debut, then they certainly hadn't read the script.
To prepare for his job of keeping Lionel Messi quiet in Iceland's opening game of the World Cup, defender Birkir Saevarsson worked as a salt-packer at a warehouse in an industrial zone of Reykjavik, the Icelandic capital. With the group favourites dropping points against the least fancied side, both teams will be going for it the Kaliningrad Stadium.
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Ahmed Tibi, an Arab Israeli lawmaker, also linked the miss to the withdrawal from the Israel game, tweeting a poll asking, "Who was happier that Messi missed his penalty today?"
"No, when you miss a penalty in the World Cup, in the moment when the team needs a goal, that affects you", he told RT. "The coach organises a team to fight but it's the players who create the chances on the pitch", he said.
So what did we learn from a result that might just have blown the group wide open? Jorge than added: "I don't think that this should be Messi's last World Cup". "We know how we can win football matches". It was slow, it was ponderous, and it won't have gone unnoticed with either Nigeria or Croatia.
"Mascherano and Biglia are very skilled and really unite the team with their passes", he said, playing down the 34-year-old Mascherano's lack of top-flight football since leaving Barcelona for Hebei Fortune in January. We were superior (to Iceland). Eduardo Salvio's low, hard ball left Sergio Aguero with plenty to do, but the Manchester City forward turned beautifully to rifle left-footed into the top corner.
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And Denmark also had to upset the odds to make it to Russian Federation , scrapping their way to a playoff victory over Ireland. The South American nation will face Denmark at noon ET on Saturday in the teams' 2018 FIFA World Cup opener.
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The defender had to pay a big price for his self goal against the U.S. in the 1994 World Cup. It still has to face Spain and Portugal, the two favorites to advance in its group.
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