Modric ready for Argentina challenge after scripting Croatia victory

FIFA World Cup 2018 Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli says this won't be Lionel Messi's last World Cup

Argentina's head coach Jorge Sampaoli talks during a press conference in Moscow Russia

For the first time since the 1990 FIFA World Cup, Argentina have not won their opening match at a FIFA World Cup. It summed up the entire second half of resolute hard work by Iceland.

After Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain on Friday, all eyes were on Messi to respond but he was generally kept at arm's length by the rugged but controlled Iceland defenders, no respecters of even the greatest reputation. The forward executed a classy spin move to create his chance when a miscued shot by Marcos Rojo arrived at his feet near the penalty spot.

Sergio AGUERO is also confident about the rest of the World Cup. Maradona claims the incident has been blown out of proportion and he was actually showing his gratitude that fans from Asia should be supporting Argentina.

Argentina fans booed and whistled when the giant stadium screen showed Halldorsson was named man of the match.

Finnbogason had made a hash of a header seconds earlier but Argentina failed to clear and Willy Caballero could only palm Hordur Magnusson's shot into the path of the striker, who gleefully turned it home. They always come in full voice, and you can guarantee they will give their up-most to inspiring Nigeria in the following game with Iceland.




Croatia take on African powerhouse Nigeria in Saturday's final match in Kaliningrad in Group D, providing a possible test of FIFA's determination to keep racism out of its showpiece tournament in Russian Federation.

Argentina must regroup before facing Croatia on Nizhny Novgorod on June 21, while Iceland face Nigeria in Volgograd on June 22. He had a decent Euro 2016 where he helped Iceland reach the quarter-final.

"It was an uncomfortable match because Iceland were playing very defensively, blocking all spaces".

"Maybe we needed to be more creative in the first half". Apart from Iceland, he plays for Danish club Randers FC.

Iceland then proved well organised and defensively efficient enough to frustrate Argentina. "I can't see where all the Argentinians bought their tickets. But, yes, we must do better, and we can do better", he said. Because we could have sold much more in Iceland. It was a very lackluster game, with neither side providing us with the most attractive football. "That is going to be a celebration".

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