About a year ago, Iceland captured global headlines when it became the smallest country to qualify for the World Cup in the history of the tournament. Now, it has managed to tie Argentina, a country with a population of 48 million that played in the finals of the 2014 World Cup. The team also boasts arguably the world’s greatest soccer player, Lionel Messi.
Against all odds, Iceland managed to draw the championship team, and held them to only one goal, scoring one goal for themselves as well. Perhaps the star of Iceland’s show was goalie Hannes Halldorson, who dived and swooped to save well-placed kicks from Lionel Messi himself. However, the whole team came together to work excellently on both sides of the field, the chemistry was impossible to notice.
Both goals were scored earlier on in the match, and towards the end, it seemed like the Icelanders were holding on for dear life, desperately scrambling on defense to secure the tie. Messi missed a penalty kick at the end of the game, and in the end, Iceland had accomplished what appeared to be the impossible: beating a country 100 times bigger.