Published: Sat, June 16, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

FPJ's dream XI predictions for Argentina and Iceland

FPJ's dream XI predictions for Argentina and Iceland

Match 6 of the FIFA World Cup 2018 ended with Iceland somehow managing to deny Argentina all three points. Simply find Telemundo or your local Fox station to watch the Argentina vs. Iceland game. So plenty of rich narrative heading into the game in Moscow.

Lionel Messi dragged Argentina into this World Cup. "It was a long shot but it happened", he said after the tie at Moscow's Spartak Stadium.

They'll have a specific game plan for nullifying Argentina's many, many talented attackers, and I imagine that will largely involve sitting back and allowing their opponents to dominate the ball.

Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli took the surprising decision to name his line-up a day before the match, handing starts to Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero. Leo Messi came up with a hat-trick against Ecuador to seal the 2010 runners-up at the tournament.

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La Albiceleste boss Jorge Sampaoli is no stranger to worldwide football having guided Chile 2015 Copa America glory. Germany enters the tournament as the defending champion after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Understandably much of the focus will be on Leo Messi to deliver for his national side.

Friendlies against Nicaragua and Israel had to be cancelled due to safety concerns so Iceland will aim to take advantage of any rustiness in their first game at a World Cup finals.

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A couple of minutes later, Argentina came closer when Nicolas Tagliafico sent in a flicked header that curled just past the far post.

Iceland became the smallest nation by population to ever clinch a FIFA World Cup berth when they qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on 9 October 2017.

Argentina, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria compete in Group D. Argentina is favored to progress to the knockout stage, leaving Croatia, Nigeria and Iceland to battle for the final spot.

Their passage to Russian Federation followed a famous Euro 2016 campaign, where they humiliated England on the way to the quarter-finals.

Heimir Hallgrímsson will be coaching his country at a historic first ever World Cup. Iceland managed to easily swept Croatia, Ukraine and Turkey on their course to Russian Federation.

Iceland sits deep and packs the center, and when there is no space it is very hard for anybody to play. However, a knee injury cost his chance to play in Russian Federation and opened the door for Willy Caballero to impress.

Iceland is the smallest country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation with a population of 300,000.

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