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99.6% of Iceland's TV viewers watched Argentina draw

19 June, 2018, 23:14 | Author: Rachael Silva
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After Sergio Aguero put Argentina ahead and Alfred Finnbogason equalised, Messi had a chance to restore Argentina's lead in the 64th minute, but his penalty to Hannes Halldorsson's right was at a good height for the goalkeeper to save without too much difficulty.

"You can not just prepare for one player [to mark Messi] ... it is [better to deal with him] collectively, one on one is quite hard".

We've all heard the statistics: everyone from Iceland except Björk and Sigur Ros are at the tournament, their population is roughly the size of your front room, all their players were playing Sunday League until they got the call to go to the World Cup. "You can take 25 coaches with you, but do some work - we saw that Iceland had worked harder than Argentina and that hurt me a lot".

"The first match is always the most hard". "I think we deserved the victory".

"Leo showed he's human".

"We will have some tweaks when we play Argentina but we will not be calculating - we are going to play our game".

Labelled as the best Croatian squad since the 1998 group, they will once again need to deal with lofty expectations. This has just started and we can't allowed ourselves to fall down. "These 10 games are very little in terms of what he can bring for us". It's a very competitive group. "I have no doubt that a goal from the penalty kick would have changed everything".

Despite taking 11 shots, his World Cup-career high, Messi has also now failed to score in his past five games on the world's biggest stage, after finding the net in each of the group stage games in 2014.

"We have not lost our hopes despite the draw, we still have the same desire", he said.

Winger Rebic agreed with the assessment of his team-mate, saying: "Against Argentina we have to be united, Messi is 50 percent of the team, if we defend ... all together, we have a great chance".

"His game plan was a disgrace".



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