Argentina began their World Cup campaign in Moscow on Saturday afternoon with Lionel Messi struggling as Iceland battled for a 1-1 draw. sbobetsh 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, sbobetsh Jorge Sampaoli's team lacked any real creativity.
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. sbobetsh
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