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Iceland keeps Argentina at bay in World Cup debut with 1

cheap moncler coats On paper, few matches in World Cup history will have been more of a mismatch than Argentina against Iceland. cheap moncler coats

The two time champions, producers of some of the best moncler outlet uk players to ever grace the game, against the debutantes and smallest nation to ever qualify for the tournament.

cheap moncler jackets Not that you cheap moncler coats have noticed any notion that the tiny island nation would be overawed by the occasion and their opponents was quickly dispelled, as they went toe to toe with Argentina from the first whistle. cheap moncler jackets

moncler sale Moments after Nicols Tagliafico stooping header flashed inches wide of the post, one long ball moncler factory outlet over the top in an instant exposing Argentina frailties set Alfred Finnbogason free, but the forward couldn keep his volley down. moncler sale

Argentina were then almost the masters of their own downfall, gifting Iceland the ball inside their own box in an attempt to play out from the back.

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The ball eventually fell to Birkir Bjarnason, scorer of Iceland first ever goal in a major tournament moncler sale four years ago cheap moncler jackets sale in France, but the midfielder somehow skewed the ball wide cheap moncler jackets with the goal gaping.

It wasn long before Lionel Messi came to the fore, cheap moncler using his customary shuffle inside and left foot shot to test Hannes Thor Halldorsson in the Iceland goal.

cheap moncler sale But it was Sergio Aguero, previously without a World Cup goal in his eight appearances, who breathed life into Argentina campaign. cheap moncler sale

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Cue coach Jorge Sampaoli trademark wild fist pumping on the touchline, this year swapping his normal casual attire for a sharp suit.

Anyone who had forgotten about Iceland exploits at Euro 2016 and thought that early goal meant it was game over were soon given a reminder of their fighting spirit.

With Argentina sloppy defense again exposed, Finnbogason pounced after a scramble in the box to coolly tuck the ball past Willy Caballero.

cheap moncler At halftime, despite having just 21% possession, Iceland had been more than a match for their famous rivals, even creating the best chances in the game. cheap moncler

moncler outlet online But the match changing moment came just after the hour mark. Iceland, having defended resolutely for so long, gave away a sloppy penalty as Hoerdur Magnusson clumsily tripped Aguero in the box. moncler outlet online

Up stepped Messi, the man on whose shoulders Argentina have placed their hopes, and not for the first time in his career missed the crucial moncler outlet jackets spot kick.

moncler outlet sale Halldorsson guessed the right way and comfortably palmed Messi penalty away from danger. moncler outlet sale

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Just two days before Iceland training camp started, Halldorsson was in Reykjavik doing some directing a soft drink commercial moncler jacket sale in his role as film director where he had previously forged a career.

moncler sale outlet Before the 90 minutes were up, Halldorsson lightning quick reflexes were again called upon as he tipped Cristian Pavon effort round the post at full stretch. moncler outlet online moncler sale outlet

For all their star power, Argentina were unable to find a way through Iceland sturdy defense. It the first time La Albiceleste have failed to win an opening World Cup game moncler outlet since they lost to Cameroon in 1990.

moncler outlet store The good news for Messi et al is they still reached the final that year. moncler outlet store

Perhaps one of the most telling aspects of the game came after the final whistle, or rather it was what didn come.

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