Argentina is rallying around captain Lionel Messi as the South American giants prepare for their crucial Group D clash with Croatia here tomorrow.
It was a result that has renewed doubts about Argentina's ability to mount a sustained challenge at this World Cup, four years after they reached the final in Brazil.
Legend Diego Maradona called the Iceland result a "disgrace" and warned coach Jorge Sampaoli he would not be able to return to Argentina with similar performances.
Adding to the sense of disappointment, Messi's missed penalty was accompanied by 11 unsuccessful shots, the most in a World Cup game without return by a single player since Italy's Luigi Riva in 1970.
Argentina's players however have been quick to close ranks around the Barcelona superstar.
"We are all with him, he knows that he can count on the support of all of us more than ever," said Argentina striker Paulo Dybala.
"We are here to help him every moment, and of course we will be at his side," Dybala added.
"We all know what Messi represents to our team and to our country,"
"Not only is he the best player in the world on the pitch, he is also best player off the field. He's in good shape and that's good for us."
Despite the solitary point against Iceland, Argentina can take solace from a performance which saw them muster 26 shots and have 72 per cent possession against Iceland.
Sampaoli is reportedly considering several changes for the game, including drafting in young forward Cristian Pavon for Angel Di Maria for more creativity up front.
Croatia may have secured a vital three points in their 2-0 win against Nigeria in their opening game, but their mood can hardly be described as euphoric.
They came into the tournament under a cloud, with captain Luka Modric charged with perjury in a corruption scandal which has rocked Croatian football.
And striker Nikola Kalinic has left Russia due to a back injury, says coach Zlatko Dalic, but amid reports he refused to come on as a substitute after being left out of the starting line-up.
Off-field problems for now though have not affected them and they are expected to field an unchanged team, which also includes Messi's Barcelona teammate Ivan Rakitic.
One other possible omen for Thursday; when Riva racked up his unwanted record in 1970, the Italian legend promptly scored two goals in his next match.
Argentina will be hoping for the same from Messi.
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