World Cup match report Argentina v Iceland 16 June 2018

Shaun Botteril

Shaun Botteril

Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson saves a penalty attempt by Argentina's Lionel Messi during the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018.

- Argentina failed to win their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since losing to Cameroon in 1990.

Macherano and Biglia will also start in midfield for Argentina. This could also be Lionel Messi's last chance of World Cup glory and expectations have risen following Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning hat-trick against Spain on Friday. "I'm sure it's going to be very, very tough because they are very tight and they can counter-attack".

Or just scroll down for the details on how to watch Iceland and Argentina today for free. Di Maria and Maximiliano Meza will play in the wings. Messi has scored four and assisted one of Argentina's last seven goals at the World Cup finals.

It was the type of finish Manchester City fans have seen many, many times and reminded everyone inside the Spartak Stadium how silly it is to regard Argentina as a one-man team.

Despite the world-class goalscoring talent available to Argentina, Messi had to drag them to the World Cup nearly single-handedly, and they'll be relying on him a lot if they're to progress deep into the competition. "Leo" is yet to win a major worldwide tournament and with his 31st birthday looming, the time is running out for the legend.

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The Argentina squad have suffered three back to back Cup final defeats, i.e, World Cup Finals vs Germany, Copa America 2015 and Copa America Centenario 2016. Messi, who is Argentina's all-time leading goal scorer will be charged with scoring and creating the goals to push his country deep in the competition.

Iceland became the smallest nation by population to ever clinch a FIFA World Cup berth when they qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on 9 October 2017.

Argentina will hope to inject some impetus into their campaign when they face Croatia in Nizhny on Thursday, while Iceland go up against Nigeria in Volgograd the following day. That was an incredible performance in a group which included Croatia, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland and Kosovo.

Iceland sits deep and packs the center, and when there is no space it is very hard for anybody to play.

After reaching the quarter-finals stage in UEFA EURO 2016, Iceland celebrated another prime success by making their first World Cup appearance.

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