Iceland secure famous draw with Argentina

Lionel Messi missed a second-half penalty as Iceland secured a famous 1-1 draw with Argentina in their Group D clash on Saturday.

Sergio Aguero opened the scoring after just 19 minutes with a brilliant finish, the Manchester City striker’s first goal at the World Cup in his third tournament.

Iceland were soon level though through Alfred Finnbogason’s close-range finish, his country’s first-ever goal in the World Cup finals.

However, it still took an excellent save from Hannes Halldorsson to keep out Messi’s 64th-minute penalty, the first time the Barcelona playmaker had ever missed a spot-kick for his country.

Thereafter, Jorge Sampaoli’s team had to settle for a draw in Moscow, while Iceland – the smallest nation to ever qualify for the global showpiece event – hung on for what was their first-ever point at the World Cup,

Argentina were up and running within 19 minutes, although their opener had an element of luck about it. Marcos Rojo lined up a shot from distance that fell straight to Aguero, who still had a lot to do.

However, the forward earned himself some space with a lovely piece of close control, before firing an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net – not that his side were ahead for long.

It took Iceland less than five minute to equalise after a scramble in the Argentina box, with the ball eventually falling to the unmarked Gylfi Sigurdsson at the far post.

And the Everton forward’s low driven shot then fell kindly at the feet of Finnbogason, with the Augsburg striker keeping his cool to side-foot the rebound into the gaping goal.

There were two VAR calls before the break for possible Argentina penalties, both of which were turned down, but referee Szymon Marciniak did not need any help in deciding Hordur Magnusson had pulled down Maximiliano Meza in the box midway through the second half.

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