MOSCOW – From the reaction of the respective players, coaches and supporters at the end of Saturday’s World Cup match at Spartak Stadium, you surely would have concluded that little Iceland had toppled Lionel Messi and the giants from Argentina, executed an upset for the ages and rocked the soccer orbit.
Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson saves a penalty by Argentina’s Lionel Messi during the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018.
At the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup , Iniesta was named in the Team of the Tournament and awarded the Silver Ball for the second best player in the competition, as Spain finished runner-up to host nation Brazil 73 Iniesta started all three matches for Spain at the 2014 World Cup , winning his 100th cap in the team’s final group match against Australia 74 At the UEFA Euro 2016 , he assisted the only goal of the match against Czech Republic and put in a man of the match display to give Spain a winning start in the tournament.
Iniesta scored three times during the team’s Copa del Rey campaign , 52 and was man of the match in the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final , having assisted Ivan Rakitić ‘s opening goal in the 3-1 defeat of Italian champions Juventus at Berlin ‘s Olympiastadion 53 Their European victory made Barcelona the first club in history to win the treble of domestic league, domestic cup and European Cup twice; 54 Iniesta was among the seven players to have been a part of both treble-winning teams.
He helped Spain win Euro 2008 , playing every game and being selected in the Team of the Tournament Iniesta was also a key member of the victorious Spanish team at the 2010 World Cup ; he scored the winning goal in the final against the Netherlands , for which he was named the Man of the Match , and was selected to the tournament’s All-Star Team At Euro 2012 , Iniesta led Spain to their second consecutive continental crown, again being chosen as the Man of the Match of the final against Italy , and was named the Player of the Tournament.
On Saturday at the World Cup, Iceland held Lionel Messi and Argentina to just a goal, drawing the South Americans 1-1 in its debut game to open up Group D. Messi was knocking on the door throughout the entire match, but he missed a penalty kick in the second half. Lionel Messi plays the ball during a training session of Argentina on the eve of the group D match against Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Bronnitsy, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018.
Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson makes a save after penalty shot of Argentina’s Lionel Messi, left, during the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018.