Tiny Iceland ties Argentina in World Cup debut

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"I know he's committed to helping us get into the next round".

Despite squandering multiple chances in his own poor performance against a UEFA minnow, Ronaldo's teammates didn't need to console him following a bad outing.

That said, the Albiceleste did take just 19 minutes to muscle their way into the lead when Sergio Aguero did what he does best, carving out a sliver of room and firing home in a crowded box, to score his first World Cup goal in eight appearances.

But with trademark dark humour, the part-time coach and full-time dentist, conceded: "We wanted to use spaces behind them - but it's hard when you don't have the ball". Finnbogasson has inked his name in the history books as he secured Iceland's first world cup goal. "It was a situation I knew could come up", Halldorsson said about the penalty.

In addition to saving a spot-kick from a five-time Ballon d'Or victor, Halldorsson also made six crucial saves as Iceland earned an unlikely point.

Ronaldo looked like a man possessed Friday night, a man obsessed with taking a point off Spain.

The rest of the game had Messi and his men looking for space and rarely finding any.

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One such beneficiary has been Gylfi Sigurdsson, who is Iceland's current star turn.

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But all week Iceland have been telling people their Euro 2016 win over England was not a miracle, their group-topping qualification was not a shock. While his World Cup preparations may have taken a hit with the injuries to Manuel Lanzini and Sergi Romero, his team selection for today wasn't that great either.

But the defensive specialists are going to give themselves every chance, in every competition.

"We were playing against one of the best teams in the world, against one of the best players in the world", said Halldorsson, who also stopped a risky Cristian Pavon curler near the end and was named man of the match.

However, Heimir Hallgrimsson's side was undeterred by the setback of conceding first. "We had to cancel the game because we are humans before we are footballers".

"You just try to get all three points and a minimum of one point, do your best and then after maybe you can feel what you have achieved then".

Argentina is playing its next Group D match against Croatia on June 21 in Nizhny Novgorod, while Iceland is set to take on their group opponents Nigeria on June 22 in Volgograd. "So I tried to get into their mindset, how they would be thinking about me". "Everybody is on board".

Even with the forward players available to Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli, they'll surely be punished if they continue to defend as poorly as they did here.

Iceland's wide midfielders pinch centrally and recover behind the ball to limit the amount of time opposing attackers have in the attacking third.