Messi misses the penalty as Iceland held Argentina to 1-1 draw
The Group D opener saw Iceland holding Argentina to a 1-1 draw after Barcelona striker Lionel Messi´s spot-kick was denied by Hannes Halldorssonat at Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow.
Argentina was quick to gather the momentum and keep the Icelander busy at the back. The Argentine pressure brought fruit in the 19th minute when Sergio Aguero collects Marcos Rojo&as pass just inside the box and slammed the ball in to score his first ever World Cup goal.
Four minutes later Iceland found the equalizer through Alfred Finnbogason who stabbed the ball in amid defensive chaos on Gylfi Sigurdsson cross that got the deflection of Caballero.
Star striker Messi showcased some brilliant footwork but Iceland restricted Argentina from penetrating.
Four minutes post an hour mark Maximiliano Meza was fouled by Magnusson conceding a penalty. Lionel Messi stepped in and missed it as Hannes Halldorssonat made a right choice of the side to palm the ball away and increased Messis&as penalty woe.
Argentina and Messi made plenty of attacks but could not find the winning goal thus finishing the opener in a stalemate.
Full-time: Argentina 1-1 Iceland
90: Five minutes of added time
89: Substitution for Iceland Finnbogason OFF Sigurdason IN
84: Substitution for Argentina Maximiliano Meza OFF Gonzalo Gerardo Higuaín IN
76: Substitution for Iceland Aron Gunnarsson OFF Ari Freyr Skulason IN
75: Substitution for Argentina Angel Di Maria OFF Cristian David Pavon IN
64: Penalty Missed by Lionel Mess
63: Substitution for Iceland Johann Berg Gudmundsson OFF Rurik Gislason IN
54: Substitution for Argentina. Lucas Biglia OFF Ever Banega IN
46: Second half kick-off
Half-time: Argentina 1-1 Iceland
45: One minute added.
23: Goal!! Alfred Finnbogason scored for Iceland
19: Goal!! Sergio Aguero scored for Argentina
1: First half kick off
Iceland Line-up: Hannes Haldorsson; Kari Arnason, Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Hordur Bjorgvin Magnusson; Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Aron Gunnarsson, Emil Hallfredsson; Bikir Bjarnason, Alfred Finnbogason, Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Argentina Line-up: Willy Caballero; Nicolas Tagliafico, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Rojo, Eduardo Salvio; Javier Mascherano, Lucas Biglia; Maximiliano Meza, Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria; Sergio Aguero.