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99.6% of Iceland's population were watching their draw against Argentina

99.6% of Iceland's population were watching their draw against Argentina

Then Iceland's defence kicked in, keeping nearly the entire team behind the ball and swarming the Argentina attackers, especially Lionel Messi.

"They (Argentina) have quality but this win will boost our confidence and I hope we can play well against them", Modric, who excelled in his role as a playmaker, told reporters.

Lionel Messi missed a penalty as his side were surprisingly held by debutants Iceland in their opening Group D game on Saturday.

Messi's missed penalty was Argentina's only clear-cut chance in the second half, although Cristian Pavon's bouncing cross drew a fine late save from Halldorsson.

"You need to make at least four points if you want to be qualified, nothing is lost all is in our hands so let's be positive we believe we can do it".

The ideal symbol of Croatia's creativity, midfielder Luka Modric said he was unfazed by the news of his club Real Madrid poaching Julen Lopetegui from the Spanish national team to replace Zinedine Zidane.




"It wasn't the one that we expected though, but still we tried not to lose the game". Argentina is probably not the best opponent for a debut, but the lot fell that way.

"For me, as a goalkeeper from little Iceland and at the first game at a World Cup, to face the best player in the world at a penalty is", - he gave a long pause - "a big moment". "I think it's going to be a very even match".

"You can bring 25 brilliant players with you, but you have to work with them".

With the scores goalless midway through the first half, Croatia came closest to breaking the deadlock, but Nigeria looked stronger than the side that took on England in the recent friendly. He shot 10 times last night [against Iceland], but we must stop his attacks by compactness. I said after the draw it would be one of the easiest matches we could play.

"There were also so many fouls in the other box, they could have also given a penalty for us", Rohr said.

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