Argentina 1-1 Iceland

Argentina Coach Sampaoli Frustrated With Draw Versus Iceland

Iceland made a stunning first-ever World Cup appearance when they held 2014 runners-up Argentina to a 1-1 draw in a dramatic match.

Argentina captain Lionel Messi has shouldered the blame for his side's 1-1 draw against Iceland, which is being considered as two points dropped.

In the absence of Messi's sparkle, Argentina's attack was a bit flat and they need to improve on that if they are to live to their high expectations.

Messi had a final chance to redeem his team with the final kick of the game, but his free kick from 25 yards failed to clear a solid defensive wall. The Everton playmaker fizzed a delivery across the box and Caballero failed to divert the cross away from danger, with Finnbogason on hand to tap in to bring the Nordic team level, just four minutes after Aguero had given Argentina the lead. Argentina pressed for the victor in the second half, but in the end had to settle for a point.

Jorge Sampaoli's men however took the lead 10 minutes later through Sergio Aguero. You'll also find the complete matches schedule, scores and television channels for the highly-anticipated World Cup 2018.

However, it still took an excellent save from Hannes Halldorsson to keep out Messi's 64th-minute penalty, the first time the Barcelona playmaker had ever missed a spot-kick for his country. "There was nothing in Argentina's game that surprised us, and we could stop a lot of their threats before they happened".

"We have things to improve, we're going to beat Croatia".

Argentina had pulled out of their final pre-World Cup warm up game with Israel after intense protests and threats from the Palestinians after Israel chose to move the game to Jerusalem. I think they celebrated the draw as a victory. They wrote one of the most attractive stories two years ago and they have full right to hope for the best this summer in Russian Federation with the same group of players on disposal.

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Argentina will next play Croatia on Thursday in Nizhny Novgorod, while Iceland plays Nigeria on Friday in Volgograd.

"I had a good feeling it would go this way today", he said of his dive to his right to stop Messi's uninspired effort.

Birkir Bjarnason missed a gilt-edged chance when he side-footed wide after nine minutes, and it came as no surprise when Iceland equalised.

Iceland's strategy of long-range counterattacks and pressuring the Argentines' shaky backline seems to be working.

"If someone is surprised (by that) then, they don't know much about Iceland football".

"We don't have to go insane".

Iceland's approach is not always easy on the eye, centred around set-pieces and rugged defending, but part-time dentist Hallgrimsson insisted his players enjoyed his approach and the results it has given them.

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