Fifa World Cup - Russia 2018

HT Argentina 1 – 1 Iceland: Messi not yet at his best #WorldCupRussia

It was a packed first half, entertaining play here. Argentina is showing their class but failing to convert their chances but it was Iceland who were SO CLOSE! Caballero fails to clear a back pass properly and Iceland pounce. The ball then breaks for Bjanarson inside the box but he dragged his shot wide with the goal at his mercy. Alarming signs for Argentina.

Lionel Messi had a shot on target! He dances with the ball on the right flank before stepping inside and curling one in but the Icelandic GK is alert and punches it away.


AGUERO! Argentina are up and running in the World Cup 2018! A speculative shot from outside the box comes right on to Aguero’s path and the forward takes a touch and fires a ferocious left-footer in on the turn. That was classic Aguero. What a predator. That was also his first ever World Cup goal.

ICELAND LEVEL! Argentina, so smooth in the attack, are exactly the opposite in defence and Iceland pounce. A frantic scramble in the penalty box sees the ball break to Sigurdsson on the right side of the box. He fizzes a cross in and Caballero’s weak attempt to block it sees it fall to Finnbogasson who lashed it home.

Half-time and the scores are level! Argentina were brilliant at the start in an attacking sense and got a deserved lead through Aguero. But they were punished for sloppy defending by Iceland. Messi was very energetic but Argentina’s energy petered out towards the end of the half.

Source: News365coza

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