MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 16: Alfreð Finnbogason of Iceland celebrates with teammates after scoring the first goal of his team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Iceland at Spartak Stadium on June 16, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Carlos Cuin/Jam Media/Getty Images)

Argentina 1-1 Iceland: Player Ratings After World Cup Debutants Hold Messi & Co. to a Draw

Iceland continued their rise in international football after holding Argentina to a 1-1 draw as Group D got underway at the 2018 World Cup.


Lionel Messi and La Albiceleste huffed and puffed, but ultimately Iceland were able to thwart their lofty opponents and prove they are not out of their depth on this stage.


Here's a look at the how all the players on both sides fared...

1. Argentina: Goalkeeper & Defenders

Willy Caballero 5/10 - Made his World Cup debut at the age of 36 and might have felt he should have done better with Iceland's equaliser.


Eduardo Salvio 6/10 - Spent much of the game in advanced positions rather than defending as Iceland ceded most of the possession to Argentina.


Nicolas Otamendi 5/10 - Despite an excellent club season, there were question marks over his defending before the game and his performance didn't do a lot to dispute that.


Marcos Rojo 6/10 - Hasn't played much this season and a sloppy pass across his own penalty are almost gifted Iceland an early goal. Fortunate that a poor shot turned into an assist. 


Nicolas Tagliafico 6/10 - As was the case with Salvio on the other side, spent a lot of time up the pitch because Iceland didn't have much of the ball.  

2. Argentina: Midfielders

Maximiliano Meza 5/10 - Unable to unpick the lock of Iceland's tight defence. Won the penalty for Argentina, but was perhaps fortunate to get it in hindsight after he initiated the contact.


Javier Mascherano 6/10 - Now Argentina's most capped player ever. Was never going to contribute to anything particularly noteworthy in attack.


Lucas Biglia 6/10 - Sacrificed for the more creative Banega early in the second half.  

3. Argentina: Forwards

Angel Di Maria 5/10 - Saw plenty of the ball at times, but a lack of cutting edge resulted in his afternoon coming to an early end.


Lionel Messi 6/10 - A nation was looking to him to make the difference and he ultimately didn't deliver. Showed flashes of his quality but couldn't convert from the spot with the pressure on.


Sergio Aguero 6/10 - Scored his first World Cup goal in some style to break the deadlock, but genuine chances were lacking thereafter and he faded from the game.  

4. Argentina: Substitutes

Ever Banega 5/10 - Brought on just a few minute after half-time to offer more creativity.


Cristian Pavon 6/10 - Arguably should have been awarded a penalty moments after coming on when he was clipped by Saevarsson.


Gonzalo Higuain N/A - Given barely more than five minutes at the end.  

5. Iceland: Goalkeeper & Defenders

Hannes Halldorsson 8/10 - Beat away an early Messi effort but could do little to stop Aguero Commanding in the air, saved Messi's penalty and pulled off another top save late on.


Birkir Saevarsson 6/10 - Might have been fortunate not to give away a penalty with just under 15 minutes left, but made key defensive interventions.


Ragnar Sigurdsson 7/10 - Stood tall at the back and made sure Argentina couldn't break through as the pressure started to build in the second half.


Kari Arnason 7/10 - As with defensive partner Sigurdsson, was strong at the heart of the defence. The only criticism of both is that they perhaps sat too deep when Aguero scored. 


Hordur Magnusson 6/10 - Got caught in giving away the penalty, even if it was arguably harsh. Was relieved to see his goalkeeper get him off the hook.  

6. Iceland: Midfielders

Johann Berg Gudmundsson 6/10 - Forced off with an injury shortly after the hour mark following a solid performance in midfield.


Aron Gunnarsson 7/10 - Gave a heroic performance in front of the Iceland defence after struggling with injury in recent weeks. Replaced after 75 minutes.


Emil Hallfredsson 7/10 - Patrolled the midfield with Gunnarsson and made it his mission to ensure Argentina didn't have enough time on the ball to really hurt Iceland.


Birkir Bjarnason 7/10 - Should have put an early chance away to break the deadlock early on and was one of Iceland's most threatening players throughout.


Gylfi Sigurdsson 6/10 - Missed a good opportunity moments before half-time. Bridged the gap between midfield and attack in support of Finnbogason. Has played better.  

7. Iceland: Forward

Alfred Finnbogason 7/10 - Will have been aware before kickoff that he needed to take any chances that came his way. That is exactly what he did and he only needed one chance.  

8. Iceland: Substitutes

Rurik Gilason 6/10 - Slotted into the midfield after replacing Gudmundsson.


Ari Skulason 6/10 - Added defensive and experience in place of Gunnarsson.


Bjorn Sigurdarsson N/A - Came on with a few minutes left.