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:
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:
Given their defending, Argentina will have to score shedloads of goals to go far in this competition.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 16, 2018
World class defending by Argentina.
— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) June 16, 2018
Argentina are shocking at the back.
— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) June 16, 2018
Argentina’s attack is like its culture and patriotism, strong and impressive. Its defence is like its economy, weak and prone to implosion
— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) June 16, 2018
Argentina have no defence whatsoever
— Sappy Jnr (@SappyJnr) June 16, 2018
Here you go, Argentina’s defence
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) June 16, 2018
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.