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Messi no match for Viking teamwork say fans

Messi was no match for Icelandic team work say fans as they leave Spartak stadium following a 1-1 draw between Argentina and Iceland.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA (JUNE 16, 2018)(REUTERS) – Argentina striker Lionel Messi was no match for the teamwork on display from the Icelandic team, said fans from both teams as they left Spartak stadium following a 1-1 draw between Argentina and Iceland in their first World Cup clash.

Tiny Iceland made a stunning impact in their first-ever World Cup when they held 2014 runners-up Argentina to a draw but Messi’s tournament began wretchedly as he saw his penalty saved by Hannes Halldorsson.

The Icelandic team has won supporters from all over the world, with many fans donning their famous Viking helmets – particularly fellow Scandinavians.

Iceland, by far the smallest country by population to appear at a World Cup and inspired by their “thunderclapping” fans, ran and battled tirelessly as they wrote another unlikely chapter in their short but glorious major tournament history.


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