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Starting XI: Argentina v Iceland

2018 World Cup

Teams: Argentina v Iceland 

Date: 16 June 2018

Venue: Otkrytie Arena

Read: Ronaldo Equals Magical World Cup Pele Record

Agentina, who were runners-up four years ago, get their 2018 World Cup campaign underway against tournament debutants Iceland - Here's how the two nations line up.

The match is scheduled to get underway at 15h00.

Argentina are one of the favourites to go all the way to the final after they were runners-up in Brazil 2014.

However, Jorge Sampaoli’s charges struggled in qualifying only securing their ticket to Russia thanks to a hat-trick by Messi in their last qualifier against Ecuador.

Sampaoli has opted to start Angel di Maria and Sergio Aguero with Messi, leaving Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala on the bench.

On the other hand, the Icelandic nation will be making their first ever appearance at the World Cup.

Iceland defied all the odds to qualify for the finals sweeping aside teams such as Croatia, Ukraine and Turkey on their road to Russia.

Iceland has the smallest population of all the 32 nations at the World Cup in Russia with only 335, 000 inhabitants.

Heimir Hallgrimsson’s troops will be looking to build on their impressive 2016 European Championship campaign where they reached the quarterfinals.

Here's how they line up:

Argentina: Caballero; Salvio, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico; Biglia, Mascherano; Meza, Messi, Di María; Aguero.

Iceland: Halldórsson; Árnason, Saevarsson, R.Sigurdsson,  Magnusson; Gudmundsson, Gunnarsson, Hallfredsson; Bjarnason, Finnbogason, G.Sigurdsson.


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