Ar­gentina must prove met­tle

Afro Voice (Western Cape) - - Sport -

AR­GENTINA start as hot favourites to beat Ice­land in their open­ing World Cup Group D match to­mor­row but the tough­est op­po­nent for the run­ners-up four years ago may be them­selves, rather than the tiny tour­na­ment debu­tants.

Cham­pi­ons in 1978 and 1986, Ar­gentina are part of foot­ball’s elite and have in their ranks Li­onel Messi, the five­times world player of the year.

But they only qual­i­fied for Rus­sia thanks to a win against Ecuador and only scored 19 goals in 18 games, the least by any South Amer­i­can qual­i­fier since the mid-1990s.

Since then, their on the field woes have wors­ened – a slim win over Italy in March was fol­lowed four days later by a 6-1 ham­mer­ing by Spain.

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