Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi

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Sergio Aguero opened the scoring for La Albiceleste in the 19th minute, and it looked like the Argentines would take control of proceedings as Iceland were pinned back in their own half.

Iceland was deemed by many football experts as an underdog of this championship packing many surprises, particularly after reaching the quarterfinals of the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup in France upsetting England on their way to the knockout stage.

"This must be understood first by all Argentinians, and then by his team-mates".

Messi's struggles were in sharp contrast to the brilliant individual performance of his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portugal captain having scored a hat-trick in a thrilling 3-3 clash with Spain.

France had earlier had an equally hard time breaking down Australia here at the Kazan Arena.

When France striker Antoine Griezmann fell on Saturday during a sliding challenge from Australia defender Josh Risdon, Uruguayan referee Andres Cunha first thought it a fair tackle.

Goal-line technology was used to confirm this.

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"We didn't deserve to lose, but we can't cry over spilt milk".

I think that his skills and the professional way he plays mean that he will be the one who decides until when he wants to play.

But he was summoned to review the VAR footage and, after deliberation, awarded the spot kick - to the fury of the Socceroos.

Denmark duly capitalised in the second-half when Christian Eriksen released Yussuf Poulsen, who made amends for earlier conceding the penalty by firing past Pedro Gallese. "We need to be strong as a group, believe in ourselves and know we have all the tools to beat anybody". I looked at a lot of penalties by Messi, and I also looked at how I had been behaving in previous penalties, so I tried to get into their mindset, how they would be thinking about me.

Four more matches are scheduled for tomorrow.

In Group F, defending champions Germany face Mexico in the second match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and Sweden will be up against South Korea at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

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