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Lionel Messi Missed Penalty Like Iceland held Argentina in 1
Sergio Aguero's excellent goal gave Argentina the lead 19 minutes into the match, but it was stopped by Alfred Finnbogason just four minutes later.
Argentina got a penalty when Hordur Magnusson tied over Aguero in the box, but Messi's bad effort was saved by goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson. Sergio Aguero can ease the burden on Lionel Messi
Despite the world class targeting talent available to Argentina, Messi had to draw them to the World Cup almost simply and they will rely on him if they are going to develop deep in the competition.
Aguero offered a beam of light to suggest that the Talisman may not have to do everything on its own.
The assassin ruthlessly took his first goal at a World Cup grid in 2010 or 2014 – after Marcos Roj's directional shot woke up and he rifled home with his left foot on the turn.
] Dan Edwards and the Journalist's Goal Musa Okwonga promised him:
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Agüero far away picking the bunch for Argentina in this first half.
Grup 14s Rafael Hernandez suggested that his teammates could take a magazine from his book:
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Iceland can afford to triple Messi because of his teammates inefficiency. They must go up and finish as Agüero did for the first time in an international tournament for Argentina.
Argentina's lack of creativity often required Messi to fall deep to serve as the side's game champion, but if Aguero and their other forward players can be as clinical as they are for their club team, it can be a viable strategy.
Messi, however, will still be the key to their fortunes, and while almost all of Argentina's positive play side from the goal came through him, he can not afford to miss a penalty.
Argentina's attack still can not mask defensive deficiencies
La Albiceleste boasts one of the most potent choices of attackers at World Cup, as demonstrated by their ability to begin with Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain
Independent s Ed Malyon noted the contrast:
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Argentina's attack is as its culture and patriotism strong and impressive. Its defense is as its economy weak and vulnerable to implosion. As a result, their defense was routinely exposed to Iceland as they pushed forward.
Birkir Bjarnason missed a distorted chance when he was sidewalk next to nine minutes, and it did not surprise when Iceland equalized.
After Argentina failed to clear their lines, goalkeeper Willy Caballero could only let Gylfi Sigurdsson's shot go to Finnbogason's home.
As evidenced by former England's international Gary Lineker and Eurosport's Siavoush Fallahi, Argentina's attacking players have got their work to compensate for their deficiencies on the back:
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Argentina's goalkeeper, defense and midfield is so i'm diocre it's not even fun. Messi must work wonders to do this to win something
Even with the front players available to Argentina's boss Jorge Sampaoli, they will certainly be punished if they continue to defend as badly as they did here.
Iceland is defeated at its world cup debut
After becoming the surprise package at UEFA Euro 2016, Iceland followed up its success by becoming the smallest nation to qualify for a World Cup.
Given what they have achieved in recent years, it should not come as a surprise that they were competitive in their first trip to football's biggest stage, even against Argentina. Fox Sports Keith Costigan noted so much:
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Did you not see Iceland qualify for the euro? On euro? Qualifying for WC? Look at the teams they met. It would not be a shock to see them competing.
Iceland was aggressive and struggling from the first minute and offered a threat to the break against Argentina's exposed backline.
Edwards summarized the contrast between the two defenses on the show, while Sports Illustrated s Grant Wahl was impressed by their ability to bounce back after going back:
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Islands Defense / Argentina Defense signing from an early deficit in big games. The same thing happened to England in the euro. Immediate response.
Croatia and Nigeria will not be easy to beat, but no opponent will have been encouraged by what they saw, and Iceland could restore history by continuing.
Argentina is taking on Croatia on Thursday, while Iceland meets Nigeria the following day.