Two time World Champions and finalists of the 2014 campaign, Argentina took to the field with Iceland at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium, the debutantes of the 21st edition of the World Cup. Led by Coach, Sampaoli, Argentina are preparing to take part in their 17th finals, while Iceland – the smallest of all 32 nations by population with just under 335,000 inhabitants will play their first ever FIFA World Cup Match.
The stakes for there two countries were polarized, It was obligation for the Argentines to win, where as, even a draw against the two-time world Champions would have seemed like a fairy tale for the Icelanders.
Argentina were with some of the world’s finest forwards in their varsity with the likes of 5-time ballon’Dor Messi, Sergio Aguero , Dybala and angel Di Maria in their varsity.
Iceland Coach, Hallgrimsson, who also works as a dentist, told a pre-match press conference: “Everyone wants to play. This is the biggest game in the history of Icelandic football and it’s a headache which our training team has to work on.”
“Regarding Messi, I don’t have a magic formula. Everybody has tried everything against him and he always manages to score. He is one of the best players in the world.
“I’ve said it would be unfair to give a player the role of marking Messi. We will (play against him) like everything we do, we’ll do it together. We’ll help each other and try to do it as a team.”
It was a moment that went down in the books of history of European football, when The Icelanders defeated England in the Euro Cup 2016, the celebrations to which made the iconic viking clap popular all around world football. The sound of the viking clap echoed in different intervals, all throughout the game today, making the atmosphere electrifying.
In the first half of the match, Finnbogason’s effort had cancelled out Aguero’s opener. It was a great half of football and Iceland were immaculately poised and composed throughout the game, despite going a goal down in the early stages. Sergio Aguero opened the scoring with a superb strike, netting his first World Cup goal, but Alfred Finnbogason made history for Iceland with his equalizer. Defensively, It was an open game for both the sides.