Gudmundsson and Iceland out to anger Messi as they did Ronaldo
16 June, 2018, 16:15 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
World Cup newcomers Iceland are hoping to at least emulate their Euro 2016 exploits when they reached the quarter-finals in France.
Argentina only made it to the finals courtesy of a Messi hat-trick in their final qualifier against Ecuador. For the La Albiceleste, the chances squandered is the biggest concern and it has happened time and again in their quest for glory.
Iceland are better prepared than they were at Euro 2016, have more experience and have shown their quality in finishing top of a qualifying group ahead of Croatia, Ukraine and Turkey, Hallgrimsson said. Heimir Hallgrimsson's men are one that catch the fancy of the fans and after France in 2016, expect more of the same in Russian Federation.
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In their maiden appearance at a major global tournament two years ago, Iceland earned a 1-1 draw from a clash with Ronaldo's eventual champions, drawing a frustrated response from the Real Madrid superstar.
Argentina line-up to face Iceland:Willy Caballero, Eduardo Salvio, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Lucas Biglia, Javier Mascherano, Maximiliano Meza, Lionel Messi, Angel di Maria, Sergio Aguero. "He is ready and just as good as the players he plays with". Messi, named Player of the Tournament four years ago, will have the eyes of the world on him. Whilst this is the first ever match for Iceland in the World Cup. It's a different calire of challenge for Iceland in this match though, with numerous players coming up against stars they would have only dreamed of playing a few years ago.
Find All World Cup 2018 Schedule For Week 1, Fixtures, Start Time, Venue, TV Listing and More! Argentina suffered a heart-breaking loss in the final to Germany in extra time at World Cup 2014 in Brazil, and they'll be focused on getting back to the final this tournament. Slovakia were the last World Cup debutants to make it to the knockout stages of the tournament (2010).
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At 334,000 inhabitants when they qualified, Iceland are the smallest ever nation to reach the World Cup finals.
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