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Argentina vs Iceland

Competition – FIFA World Cup

Stadium – Otkrytie Arena

Date: 16th June 2018

Kick-off time – 14:00 GMT

This game kickstarts what could be Lionel Messi’s last outing in a competition for Argentina.

The lack of a winner’s medal and the World Cup heartbreak of four years ago will be fresh in his memory.

They play group underdogs, Iceland in this opening match, but they should be careful not to fall for the antics of the Euro 2016 surprise team.

Argentina played just one warm up friendly before this competition – a 4-0 win over Haiti, with Lionel Messi scoring three of the goals.

The Argentines are so reliant on Messi that he is the only player to have scored a competitive goal for them since November 2016.

He has 64 goals in 124 games for them now.

Iceland shocked the world when they qualified for the European championship two years ago.

They continued that shock factor when the qualified for this competition, topping a group that included Croatia and Ukraine.

The Islanders have not had the best preparation for this competition as their form seems to have dropped since they qualified.

Iceland drew 2-2 with Ghana in their last match after losing three on the trot.

They are likely to sit behind the ball in this game for long periods however it may still not save them in this game.

Possible starting lineups:

Argentina

Caballero
Tagliafico
Mercado
Otamendi
Mercado
Di Maria
Banega
Mascherano
Meza
Messi
Aguero

Iceland

Halldorsson
Magnusson
R. Sigurdsson
Ingason
Saevarsson
Bjarnason
Hallfredsson
Gunnarsson
Gudmundsson
Finnbogason
Sigurdsson

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Argentina

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Argentina 4-0 Haiti 30 May, 2018 International Friendly
L Spain 6-1 Argentina 27 Mar, 2018 International Friendly
W Argentina 2-0 Italy 23 Mar, 2018 International Friendly
L Argentina 2-4 Nigeria 14 Nov, 2017 International Friendly
W Russia 0-1 Argentina 11 Nov, 2017 International Friendly

Iceland

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Iceland 2-2 Ghana 7 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
L Iceland 2-3 Norway 2 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
L Iceland 1-3 Peru 28 Mar, 2018 International Friendly
L Mexico 3-0 Iceland 24 Mar, 2018 International Friendly
W Indonesia 1-4 Iceland 14 Jan, 2018 International Friendly

H2H

No previous meetings between these two sides.

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