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BREAKING: Iceland shuts out Messi, holds Argentina to a 1-1 draw. #ARGvICE #2018FIFAWorldCup

Published on June 16, 2018 by   ·   No Comments

Lionel Messi has penalty saved as Iceland hold Argentina

Cracking game in Group D as Alfreð Finnbogason answers Sergio Aguero’s strike. Will Lionel Messi’s penalty miss prove to be costly in the group standings?
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Messi, struggled to find space as Iceland closed him down relentlessly, created a bit of room after 17 minutes but his whipped shot from outside the area was beaten away by Halldorsson.

Argentina, though, broke through within two minutes of that as Sergio Aguero scored his first-ever World Cup goal, getting away from a defender as the ball broke to him and lashing a shot high into the net.

Messi tried his luck from outside the area soon afterwards, his curling strike held by Halldorsson — but, out of the blue, Iceland were level after 23 minutes, Alfreo Finnbogason stabbing home amid defensive chaos. Gylfi Sigurdsson produced the initial cross, which deflected and eluded Caballero before falling to Finnbogason, who struck from close range.

Argentina’s last eight games against  world cup debutantes: WWWWWWWD Iceland are the first debutants to avoid defeat against  Argentine  since East Germany in 1974.

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Lionel Messi has missed a penalty for Argentina at a major tournament for the first time in his career. He is human after all.

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While Argentina controlled the ball for large stretches, they held steady at the back, and with 20 minutes remaining the situation was summed up when Banega curled a hopeful, rather than dangerous, shot towards the ‘keeper from outside the box. With 10 minutes remaining, Messi curled a trademark shot towards goal, with the crucial difference that it glided past the post, rather thancreeping inside it.

Lionel Messi’s World cup game by vs. island: 115 touches

84.5% pass accuracy

71 passes

60 passes completed

11 shots 9 take-ons

7 times dispossessed

4 fouls won

3 shots on target

3 chances created

1 penalty miss

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