Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s World Cup debut was cut short by injury, but not before the Burnley man had helped Iceland on their way to a priceless point against Argentina.
Iceland held the two-time winners to a 1-1 draw in their Group D opener in Moscow as Argentina superstar Lionel Messi missed a second-half penalty.
Gudmundsson – who became the first Burnley player to appear at a World Cup since the Northern Ireland duo of Billy Hamilton and Tommy Cassidy in Spain in 1982 – limped off after 63 minutes with what looked to be a lower leg injury on his 68th appearance for his country.
But the Clarets’ winger had played his part as Iceland, making their first appearance in the Finals, hit back from an opening goal from Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.
Alfred Finnbogason, who plays his club football in Russia, levelled four minutes later and Iceland had chances to go in front before half-time.
Argentina dominated the second half but Messi saw his spot-kick saved by Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson as Iceland, the smallest team ever to qualify for the tournament, held on to get their campaign off to a superb start.
Iceland’s second group game is against Nigeria – who start out against Croatia – next Friday.