First-timer Iceland holds favorites Argentina to draw in FIFA World Cup

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NEW DELHI: World Cup first-timers Iceland shocked two-time winners Argentina by holding them to a 1-1 draw during their Group D opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Spartak Arena in Moscow on Saturday.

 

The hopes of 2014 runners up to begin their campaign with an easy win over the debutant were dashed after Lionel Messi missed a second-half penalty. The penalty that came at the 64th-minute was stopped by Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson by diving to his right and caught the ball with two hands. 

According to a TASS report, Argentina’s striker Sergio Aguero was the one to open the score at the 20th minute of the match putting his team ahead of Iceland at 1-0. But, three minutes later, Iceland surprised the football fans by converting a netter from forward Alfred Finnbogason into a goal. 

Iceland carried on with bombarding the Argentinian goal mouth to the agony of the favorites. However, the score of 1-1 remained unchanged when the two finished their duel. Argentina will next play Croatia on Thursday in Nizhny Novgorod, while Iceland plays Nigeria on Friday in Volgograd.

Image Credit: Goal.com 

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