This is likely Messi’s last chance to win a World Cup. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)
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Argentina start as hot favorites to beat Iceland in their opening World Cup Group D match Saturday 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 five-time world player of the year. Argentina lost their first-choice goalkeeper Sergio Romero to a knee injury and midfielder Manuel Lanzini withdrew after damaging ligaments nine days before the tournament.Few people believe Iceland can win but they may take heart from recalling the last time Argentina expected to win the opening game of the tournament against a team who had never won a World Cup match.
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