Iceland, the smallest country at the FIFA World Cup, held giants Argentina to 1-1 draw.
In one of the most thrilling matches, tiny Iceland refused to wilt or melt at the heat from the mighty Argentina at the FIFA World Cup.
Clearly the underdogs and making their first appearance at the World Cup appearance on Saturday, Iceland held 2014 runners-up Argentina to a 1-1 draw. It was clearly not Lionel Messi’s day as he failed to convert a penalty kick which was wonderfully defended by Iceland’s goalkeeper Hannes Por Halldorsson.
Just in the 19th minute, Sergio Aguero gave the twice world champions the lead in the Group D match. However, just four minutes later, Iceland struck back through Alfred Finnbogason.
Iceland had stunned the soccer world with their run to the quarter-finals of the European Championship two years ago.
Argentina was in the possession of the ball most of the time and made waves of attack on Iceland goal area, but failed to convert any of their chances. A packed Spartak Stadium was in admiration of the strong wall of defence put up by Iceland.
Iceland, by far the smallest country by population to appear at the World Cup, famously beat England in the last 16 of Euro 2016.
In today’s match, all eyes were on Messi and his magic. But the strong and controlled Iceland defenders had scant respect for Messi or his magic or his reputation.