Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

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

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

Iceland's players rushed to the stands to share their celebrations with their fans and now will have real belief that they can get out of Group D that also contains Croatia and Nigeria, who meet later on Saturday. The game then looked like it was heading towards a stalemate until Iceland conceded a penalty with half an hour remaining on the clock.

Argentina's Lionel Messi had a penalty saved by Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Por Halldorsson, but strike partner Sergio Aguero says the team will continue to support him, and the miss shows he is human.

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Arab Israeli lawmaker Ahmed Tibi also linked the miss to the withdrawal from the Israel game, tweeting a poll asking "Who was happier that Messi missed his penalty today?" I feel responsible for not having the 3 points.

Argentina had pulled out of their final pre-World Cup warm up game with Israel after intense protests and threats from the Palestinians after Israel made a decision to move the game to Jerusalem.

MOSCOW, Russia - Cristiano Ronaldo has emphatically won the first round of his World Cup duel with eternal rival Lionel Messi - revelling in the adulation after his dramatic hat-trick while the Argentine flopped against Iceland.

Argentina eventually took command and delivered wave after wave of attacks in the second half, but they actually created few clear chances on either side of the poorly struck 64th-minute penalty by Messi, who had a remarkable 11 shots during the match.

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It was another extraordinary result in the history of Iceland, who famously dumped England out of Euro 2016.

"I think this is the right team to start the World Cup - but we might make changes later", Sampaoli said.

At that moment, commentators from around the world marked the moment with poetic remarks, but one commentator has received a lot more attention than he will have expected.

Argentina's captain, a three-time beaten finalist at major tournaments with his country since 2014, does not want to panic after Iceland claimed a major scalp on their World Cup bow. "It will surely depend on how this month goes, on how we finish in the tournament", he added.

Jorge Sampaoli surprised everyone as he rattled off Argentina's first XI on the eve of their opening encounter against Iceland.

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After that we'll know if Peru can match up to their fantastic support in Russian Federation when they face Denmark at 5pm.

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