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Reds in Russia: Marcus Rojo fails to impress as Argentina stumble in opening game

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Icelandic minnows hold the explosive Argentine offense to a 1-1 draw

Argentina v Iceland: Group D - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images

Argentina 1-1 Iceland

Manchester United defender Marcus Rojo was in action for Argentina's opener against Iceland in the Group D opener. In what should have been a routine win for the talented South American side, turned into a frustrating encounter against a dogged, defensive Icelandic outfit.

Rojo was caught napping in the opening 10 minutes of the game, allowing Alfred Finnbogason in behind him after a long ball, the Icelandic forward was unable to convert from a tight angle.

However, the defender found himself in an advanced position and seemingly inadvertently fired the ball into Sergio Aguero, who turned and dispatched a thunderbolt for the games opening goal.

The Argentine defense looked shaky throughout the game, and Rojo and his backline failed to deal with Iceland's equalizer.

As the game progressed, Argentina's control of the game increased and the Icelandic goal was put under substantial pressure. Goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson was superb between the sticks, making several world-class saves, including an impressive penalty stop against the iconic Lionel Messi.

Rojo was less troubled in the second-half because of Argentina's dominance. Nevertheless, the Manchester United number 5 will need to show more composure if Argentina are to progress to the heights that are expected of them in this year's World Cup.