Iceland hangs with Messi's Argentina, France fortunate and more Day 3 takeaways

"But I can't blame the players, much less Messi, who gave it all he had", he said.

The goal was followed shortly after by one of those darting Messi runs through the middle of the pitch, bouncing the ball of his teammates as he goes, and, with a stadium dominated by Argentina fans, it seemed Sampaoli's side might begin to start adding some real incision to go along with all the possession.

With the five-time world player of the year stepping up to restore Argentina's lead in the Group D opener, tiny Iceland's first ever appearance at the World Cup finals, Halldorsson admitted that he felt the pressure.

But his 63rd-minute spot kick was saved by Hannes Halldorsson and he struggled to break down a well-organised Iceland defence.

Iceland: Halldorsson 8, Saevarsson 6, R Sigurdsson 8, Arnason 7, Magnusson 6, J Gudmundsson 6, Bjarnason 5, G Sigurdsson 6, Gunnarson 6, Hallefredsson 5, Finnbogason 8.

'It was a big moment and a dream come true to save from him, especially as it helped us get a big point that I hope will prove important in reaching our goal to qualify for the the next stage'.

The keeper also produced a late save to keep out an attempt from substitute Cristian Pavon as Iceland - who also drew 1-1 with eventual victor Portugal in its Euro 2016 opener - held on to clinch another famous result in their footballing history.

But the truth of the matter is, Argentina aren't a good enough side to go far in the tournament.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli dismissed his star player's penalty set-back as a "statistic" and praised his attitude in a hard game. - Alfred Finnbogason's goal was Iceland's first shot on target in the competition.

"We are not concerned, we know that it is still down to us and there are six points in play", said Aguero. And to do that against one of the best teams in the world against the best player in the world, shows that we know something'.

The national football team of Iceland rolled out a solid defense against Argentina in their match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow on Saturday, Argentina's striker Lionel Messi told journalists.

This encounter will be the first between both teams but they still have two other teams in Group D to contend with as Nigeria and Croatia face-off in the late kick off set to be played in Kaliningrad. I say 'just wait and see when we win a game.' That is going to be a celebration!' The key to the match in the first half was based on their left flank, and we were very slow on the ball.

"I get the feeling there's an anger at the heart of the team", he said.

Russian Federation selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

  • Jacqueline Ellis