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World Cup 2018: Argentina vs Iceland, Player ratings

Jidonu Mauyon
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8.87K   //    17 Jun 2018, 04:42 IST

Argentina v Iceland: Group D - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Messi had a frustrating night.

It was an interesting match in group D as Argentina played out a thrilling 1-1 draw with World Cup newcomers, Iceland. The Albiceleste looked destined to win the game when they took an early lead in the 19th minute. However, Iceland responded with a brilliant equalizer after just 4 minutes.

The South Americans got a chance to put the game beyond the Icelanders, winning a crucial penalty in the second half. But Halldorssen denied Lionel Messi from the spot to earn the debutants a vital draw at the Spartak stadium. 

Therefore, let's look at how each of the players fared during the game:



Iceland

2018 FIFA World Cup group stage: Argentina 1 - 1 Iceland
Iceland fought hard to secure a vital draw

Hannes Halldorsson- 9/10 

The goalkeeper had a brilliant day in between the sticks denying Lionel Messi on several occasions including a penalty kick in the second half. 

Kari Arnason- 7/10

The defender put up a rock-like performance at the back, clearing almost everything that came his way.

Birkir Mar Saevarsson- 7/10

Saevarsson had a nice outing, troubling Lionel Messi throughout the game. He poked the ball away from the Argentine wizard with just 10 minutes to go.

Ragnar Sigurdsson- 8/10

The Rostov superstar offered attacking threats throughout the 90 minutes. He also did well to deny Ever Banega with a sliding tackle late in the game.

Hordur Bjorgvin Magnusson- 7/10

Magnusson played a brilliant role in Iceland's equalizer, forcing a save from Caballero which Finbogasson rebounded. However he was lucky not to be penalized in for a hand-ball in the first-half.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson- 6/10

The midfielder did a great job in marking the Argentina attackers.

Aron Gunnarsson- 7/10

The captain was a true leader on the pitch, displaying great confidence throughout the game.

Emil Hallfredsson- 6/10

A calm performance from the midfielder, Hallfredsson did well in linking up with his teammates. 

Bikir Bjarnason- 8/10

The Aston Villa superstar was a constant attacking threat during the game, linking up perfectly with Sigurdsson on multiple occasions. 

Alfred Finnbogason- 8/10 

Finnbogasson played a decisive role, scoring Iceland's first-ever World Cup goal during the game. However, he struggled to impress in the second-half.

Gylfi Sigurdsson- 7/10

A great performance from the Everton man. His brilliance was what Iceland needed to maintain their inspiration.


Substitutes

Rurik Gislason – 6/10

Gislason replaced the injured Gudmundsson and slotted in perfectly. 

Ari Skulason – 6/10

The superstar served as a brilliant reinforcement to the tiring captain as the game wore on.

Bjorn Sigurdsson N/A:

The player came in as a late substitute and couldn't influence the game much.

 

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Jidonu Mauyon
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Jidonu Mauyon is a football enthusiast from Nigeria, who writes for a lot of publications, including the likes of Sportainment, Cube Soccer, Give Me Sport, FootballXtra, and Sportskeeda. He is a great fan of Lionel Messi and he likes to write about Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool. He also covers a lot of topics relating to the EPL, La Liga, Seria A and the Ligue 1. He has been doing great in the field, helping to intensify the passion for the beautiful game by sharing his opinions with his fellow soccer fans across the globe. His works have earned him recognition, notably claiming the Best Essay Writer award in the 2015 Milo Sports Writing Competition. To him, his followers are his best friends and he would go a long way to ensure that he keeps them refreshed and entertained. You love football and he does too, why not follow him so you can burn the passion together?
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