Iceland excited after Lionel Messi’s Argentina draw

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Euro 2016 darlings Iceland were in dreamland on Friday after being drawn against Lionel Messi’s Argentina in their first appearance at a World Cup.

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“It’s just romantic and fun. They are connected to the romance of the World Cup,” Heimir Hallgrimsson, the coach of the smallest of the 32 nations at the marquee June 14-July 15 competition, said after the draw in the State Kremlin Palace.

After opening their campaign against Argentina in Moscow on June 16, Iceland will face Nigeria on June 22 in Volgograd and Croatia on June 26 in Rostov-on-Don.

Hallgrimsson said his team fancied their chances against all three opponents, although he conceded that Iceland’s odds against two-time World Cup winners Argentina “were less than against the others”.

“You know football, you always have a chance. How much it is…



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