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Argentina began their World Cup campaign in Moscow on Saturday afternoon with Lionel Messi struggling as Iceland battled for a 1-1 draw.



Argentina began their World Cup campaign in Moscow on Saturday afternoon with Lionel Messi struggling as Iceland battled for a 1-1 draw. 
The surprise package of Euro 2016 weren't overawed by their star-studded opponents and were worthy of their share of the points in the nation's first ever match at a World Cup.
Much of Argentina's success in the tournament is likely to depend on Messi's performances, and with the Barcelona forward enduring a torrid afternoon, Jorge Sampaoli's team lacked any real crecreativity.
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Iceland elected to triple-mark Messi and give Angel Di Maria more freedom as a result, something which the former Real Madrid midfield made little use of.
Since his brace against Nigeria in the 2014 tournament, the 30-year-old hasn't scored in five World Cup matches, a run which has piled pressure on him.
Cristiano Ronaldo's jaw-dropping hat-trick against Spain in Friday evening set the bar for the competition and despite his best efforts, Messi couldn't follow suit.
Heimir Hallgrimsson spent much of the week detailing his everyday profession as a dentist, yet the Icelandic coach has begun to enjoy his brief leave of absence from his practice.
  
 

His team were as well organised as they were in 2016 and responded well to going a goal behind after Sergio Aguero found space inside the penalty area before firing a shot into the roof of the net.
The goal flattered a lethargic Albiceleste with Sampaoli's team lacking the dynamism that made his Chile and Sevilla teams so exciting to watch.
Alfred Finnbogason equalised from close range as the former Real Sociedad forward took full advantage of a catastrophic error from Willy Caballero which left him with an open goal.
Things got worse for Messi in the second half after a penalty was given against Iceland, he stepped up and saw his spot-kick saved by Hannes Halldorsson.
The result stayed at 1-1 and given how closely marked he was, Barcelona's star spent 83% of the match either stood still or at a walking pace of between 0-7 kilometres per hour.
Iceland's plan to stifle Messi worked to great effect and it will be interesting to see whether Croatia and Nigeria opt to use a similar system in order to prevent him from contributing in the coming fixtures.
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