On the 3rd day of FIFA World Cup 2018, one of the favourites of this edition Argentina face Iceland at Spartak Stadium in Moscow. Lionel Messi-led Argentina is on a hunt for a major International trophy after losing out of 2014 World Cup in Brazil and last two editions of Copa America, while Iceland come fresh from an inspiring run in the European championships.
Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear gloves.June 16, 2018
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# "The small nation stands tall. Iceland make yet another memory in their football history. They didn't come here to make up the numbers, they came here to compete," says the legendary commentator Peter Drury!
# FULL TIME: The referee blows the whistle as Iceland draws level with the mighty Argentina! What a game of football! Argentina 1-1 Iceland!
# 90+5" Lionel Messi (Argentina) elects to shoot from distance instead of sending the free kick into the box, but the defensive wall manages to block the shot. Wasted opportunity!
# 90+4" Nicolas Otamendi (Argentina) attempted to pick out a free teammate inside the box, but Hannes Halldorsson comes off the line to clear the ball away.
# 90+3" Lionel Messi (Argentina) takes a shot from the edge of the area, but it goes harmlessly wide of the right post.
# A minimum of 5 minutes of added time is signalled!
# 89" The substitution is prepared. Bjorn Sigurdarson (Iceland) joins the action as a substitute, replacing Alfred Finnbogason.
# 87" SAVE! Marcos Rojo (Argentina) came close to scoring but should have done much better. His poor attempt from close range ended up in the gloves of Hannes Halldorsson.
# Here comes a substitution. Maximiliano Meza is given a rest as he is replaced by Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina).
# 84" Lionel Messi (Argentina) unleashes a powerful shot towards goal, but the ball is blocked by one of his teammates.
# 81" CLOSE! Lionel Messi (Argentina) collects a pass and has an effort from 20 metres out, but it flies just wide of the left post.
# 79" Ever Banega (Argentina) takes the corner but it's cleared.
# 79" A beautiful lofted pass from the side is received by Lionel Messi (Argentina), who was waiting for his chance. However, the defence is alert and spanks the ball away. The linesman makes the right call and Argentina will have a corner.
# 77" Cristian Pavon (Argentina) goes on a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as an opposition player blocks him.
# 76" Heimir Hallgrimsson prepares a substitution. Aron Gunnarsson is replaced by Ari Skulason (Iceland).
# 76" Here comes a substitution. Cristian Pavon (Argentina) is brought on as a substitute for Angel Di Maria.
# 71" Ever Banega (Argentina) shoots from the edge of the penalty area. The ball travels low towards the middle of the target, but Hannes Halldorsson easily deals with the threat.
# 70" Eduardo Salvio (Argentina) fires a shot at goal from a very promising position outside the penalty area, but it is blocked by a self-sacrificing defender.
# 69" One of the defenders reacts at the last minute to brilliantly block a pass from Eduardo Salvio (Argentina).
# 68" The resulting corner comes to nothing as Gylfi Sigurdsson (Iceland) sends it out of play.
# 66" The substitution is prepared. Frederik Schram (Iceland) joins the action as a substitute, replacing Johann Gudmundsson.
# 64" Maximiliano Meza (Argentina) quickly takes the corner kick with a short pass.
# 62" Lionel Messi (Argentina) places the ball on the penalty spot and sends it towards the left post. His effort isn't powerful enough, allowing Hannes Halldorsson to dive and keep the ball out with an excellent save.
# 62" A penalty has been awarded to Argentina!
# 61" Johann Gudmundsson (Iceland) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. The extent of his injury is yet to be discovered.
# 59" Ever Banega (Argentina) decides to strike the ball towards goal, but his effort fails to threaten the goalkeeper after being well blocked by one of the defenders.
# 57" Sergio Aguero (Argentina) shoots from outside the box, but his effort is blocked.
# 56" Maximiliano Meza (Argentina) takes the corner and sends it into the penalty area, but the opposition's defence is ready and makes a good clearance.
# 56" The defender bravely blocks the shot from Sergio Aguero (Argentina) inside the box. The referee signals a corner kick to Argentina.
# 53" SUBSTITUTION: Lucas Biglia OUT, Ever Banega IN (Argentina)
# 51" Gylfi Sigurdsson (Iceland) swings in a cross from the corner, but Wilfredo Caballero reads it well and gathers the ball.
# 50" Gylfi Sigurdsson (Iceland) wastes a good opportunity as his pass into the box is blocked by the defence. The ball goes out of play and Iceland have been awarded a corner kick.
# 49" Alfred Finnbogason (Iceland) gets in a good position inside the box and is only inches away from getting on the end of a through ball from the edge of the area.
# 48" The whipped in corner perfectly picks out Nicolas Otamendi (Argentina) near the penalty spot, but the ball comes off the top of his head and goes a mile over the bar.
# 48" Angel Di Maria (Argentina) passes the ball into the box but an opposing player clears. Argentina force their opponents to concede a corner.
# Szymon Marciniak blows his whistle and the second half starts.
That was lively!June 16, 2018
# The referee blows his whistle to end the first half and the players are now heading to their respective dressing rooms. What a stunning game of football this has been till now. Breathless! Join us for the second half!
# 45+1" Ragnar Sigurdsson (Iceland) runs into space on the edge of the box and tries a curler that drifts well wide of the left post.
# 45" A loose ball is pounced on by Alfred Finnbogason (Iceland) inside the box. He immediately fires in a shot towards the bottom right corner, but Wilfredo Caballero is alert and makes a comfortable save.
# 43" Birkir Saevarsson (Iceland) fails to find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass is blocked.
# 42" Lucas Biglia (Argentina) is challenged in the air near the penalty spot and is unable to control his header from the corner, sending it miles over the bar.
# 41" Lionel Messi (Argentina) sends the corner into the box, but Hannes Halldorsson intercepts it and averts the threat.
# 39" Maximiliano Meza (Argentina) puts a dangerous cross into the box, but the corner is cleared by the first man.
# 39" Lionel Messi (Argentina) has a shot blocked from inside the box. The ball goes out of play. Argentina are awarded a corner kick.
# 36" Maximiliano Meza (Argentina) attempts to find his teammate with a pass from outside the box, but the opposition's defence is quick to react and thwarts the attack.
# 32" Lucas Biglia (Argentina) unleashed a long-range shot, but it misses narrowly over the bar. It could have been the goal of the month, at least.
# 29" Nicolas Otamendi (Argentina) peeled away from his marker and got on the end of the resulting corner, but his fine header towards the underside of the crossbar is perfectly saved by the goalkeeper.
# 28" Nicolas Tagliafico (Argentina) gets himself onto the end of the corner, but his header is blocked. The ball is out of play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Argentina.
# 27" The referee awards a corner and Angel Di Maria (Argentina) goes over to take it.
# 24" GOAL! Alfred Finnbogason (Iceland) is quickest to react to the rebound and stabs the ball into the back of the net. It's 1:1.
# 21" Lionel Messi (Argentina) blows a good opportunity. He has a lot of space around him and fires a terrific shot from the edge of the box towards the left side of the goal, but the goalkeeper makes a brilliant save and stops this one!
# 19" GOAL! Goal! Sergio Aguero (Argentina) pounced on a loose ball inside the box and beats the goalkeeper with a shot into the top left corner. He makes it 1:0.
# 17" Lionel Messi (Argentina) shoots from the edge of the penalty area. The ball travels towards the left side of the target, but Hannes Halldorsson easily deals with the threat.
# Ball possession: Argentina 81% - 19% Iceland
# 14" Javier Mascherano (Argentina) makes a slide tackle, but referee Szymon Marciniak blows for a foul.
# 14" Szymon Marciniak blows his whistle as Alfred Finnbogason (Iceland) used excessive force in the tackle during an attack.
# 13" Nicolas Otamendi (Argentina) gets a shot away from distance, but wasn't really set to take it and fires high and wide.
# 12" Angel Di Maria (Argentina) steps up to take the corner. He launches the ball into the penalty area, but it only finds the head of an opposing player who clears the danger.
# 12" Angel Di Maria (Argentina) fails to send a pass into the box as his effort is cut out. The ball is out of play. Argentina will have a chance to score from a corner.
# What a start to this game! End to end stuff by both teams!
# 10" CHANCE! Birkir Bjarnason (Iceland) is left with the simplest of tasks from close in after a lucky rebound off one of his own teammates, but somehow he slams his shot well wide of the left post.
# 8" Lionel Messi floats over the free kick into a crowded box. Nicolas Tagliafico (Argentina) does well to win the ball, but sends his header just wide of the left post from close in.
# 7" Birkir Bjarnason (Iceland) tackles a bit over-zealously and Szymon Marciniak blows for a foul.
# 4" Nicolas Otamendi (Argentina) should have done it better. He won the ball from the resulting free kick, but fired well wide of the right post.
# 3" Kari Arnason (Iceland) commits a rough challenge and Szymon Marciniak blows his whistle for a foul. A free kick has been awarded to Argentina.
We're under way in Moscow!June 16, 2018
# 1" The keeper doesn't have to worry about this one. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Iceland) sacrificed accuracy for power, and thus his attempt went well wide of the right post.
# Kick off!
# National Anthems of both the teams are on! The atmosphere is electric!
# In the first match of Day 3, France won 2-1 Australia.
#FRA WIN!June 16, 2018
Spartak Stadium is looking 😍
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Aregntina Playing XI: Caballero; Salvio, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico; Biglia, Mascherano; Meza, Messi, Di Maria; Aguero
Iceland Playing XI: Halldórsson, Árnason, Saevarsson, R.Sigurdsson, Magnusson, Gudmundsson, Gunnarsson, Hallfredsson, Bjarnason, Finnbogason, G.Sigurdsson
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Hi, #ISL!June 16, 2018
Welcome to News Nation live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018! Day 3 of FIFA's showpiece event continue as second game of the day is between 2014 World Cup runners up Argentina and Iceland as both teams clash for the ultimate prize in football!