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Argentina Defence Savaged After Conceding Sloppy Iceland Equaliser

Iceland's forward Alfred Finnbogason (C) scores the equaliser during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Argentina and Iceland at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 16, 2018. (Photo by Francisco LEONG / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)

Argentina had a mixed beginning to their 2018 World Cup campaign against Iceland on Saturday.

Jorge Sampaoli’s side are, at the very least, expected to come through Group D with relatively little fuss, and made the perfect start to proceedings against their European opponents when Sergio Aguero put them ahead with a fine finish on the 20-minute mark.

The South Americans’ joy was short-lived, however, and they were pegged back just minutes later courtesy of Alfred Finbogasson.  The Argentine defence will feel that they could have done much better to keep the strike out – particularly goalkeeper Willy Caballero, whose attempt to collect a cross resulted in the ball being spilled:

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While Argentina are undoubtedly strong up front – any side that can leave Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala on the bench proves that – their defence has long been a point of concern, and social media was quick to emphasise that point in the wake of the defensive error:

At the time of writing, it remains 1-1 at half time. Argentina are knocking on the door, and have had the lion’s share of possession, but Iceland are holding firm thus far.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.