The winning team receives two points, the losing team receives 0 points and if the match has led to a draw then each team shall receive one point each. Based on the point tally at the end of the first round, the top two teams with the highest number of points will then be qualified to the Top 16.
TV and Online Streaming Details
Several sports channels will be broadcasting the match live along with full match highlights, pre-match readings, live commentary and post-match reviews. Some of these channels include Eurosport, SofaScore, sky sports, VIPLeague, ESPN, Star Sports etc. Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 2 have won the rights to officially stream the matches live in India until 2019.
Iceland’s football team will be headed by Aron Gunnarsson and their top scorer is Eidur Gudjohnsen. Their head coach is Heimir Hallgrimsson. The 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament could be the last for many of Argentina’s senior players such as Sergio Romero, Angel di Maria, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Ever Banega, Lucas Biglia and many more. Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi will be heading the team once again after being the captain at the last world cup for which he won the Golden Ball. The manager of the Argentinian team is Jorge Sampaoli.
The match will be held on 16th June 2018, the 3rd match day of the world cup. It will be held at Otkritie arena in the capital of Russia, Moscow. It is scheduled to start at 4 pm, local time (6:30 pm IST). Argentina is predicted to win the match because of its amazing history at the previous world cups. Iceland on the other hand will be playing at a world cup for the first time in history.
Past Records of Both the Teams
The FIFA ranking of Argentina as of October 2017 is 4 and that of Iceland is 18. Argentina has been crowned champions of the FIFA World Cup twice, once in 1978 and another time in 1986. They have also been runner ups thrice, in 1930, 1990 and the last FIFA World Cup of 2014 hosted by Brazil. Iceland on the other hand has never qualified for the World Cup before and their only international entry was at the UEFA EURO 2016 league.