Messi misses penalty as Argentina draw

Messi misses penalty as Argentina draw

Just as easy as Ronaldo forgot about his dismal night two years ago in France, it's easy to forget Messi walked away from worldwide football around the same time.

My god Ronaldo undoubtedly enjoyed Messi's disastrous start to this World Cup - especially after his own hat-trick and subtle nod to himself as the "greatest" Friday night jolted this tournament.

Iceland's dream World Cup debut may have gotten them a point against two-time champions Argentina, but Aron Gunnarsson and his team mates are already putting that result behind them as they move on to the challenge of Nigeria.

Substitute Cristian Pavon almost scored the victor for Argentina four minutes from time but his curling effort was saved by Halldorsson.

Incidentally, 34-year-old Halldorsson was also responsible for directing Coca Cola's Icelandic World Cup promo commercial.

The Argentinean star missed another spot-kick, this time one which denied Argentina a win over Iceland.

Messi's first chance came on 17 minutes, when a shot from distance brought a good stop from the Iceland 'keeper Hannes Þór Halldórsson.

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The opening game of Group D at the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Saturday was one of the most anticipated matches of the tournament at preliminary levels as fans around the globe got to witness an epic match between veterans against debutants. Argentina's build-up play was very slow as they passed the ball from side to side and most often, without any sense of urgency.

He said the draw felt like a win for Iceland, who are making their first World Cup appearance but famously eliminated England at Euro 2016 to reach the quarter-finals.

And Halldorsson revealed the secret of thwarting Messi from the spot was hours spent watching clips of the Barcelona superstar;s penalties ahead of the game.

"I tried to get in their minds, so they'd be thinking about me". The Manchester City striker seemed to have been crowded out by several Iceland players, but a clever swivel bought him that bit of space to lash a blistering shot past goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson.

In a game where Messi failed to respond to Cristiano Ronaldo's 3 goal heroics, Sergio Aguero proved that he is a top marksman. I looked at a lot of penalties from Messi and wanted to get into his mind and what he would think about me.

Despite Argentina's dominance, Iceland held on valiantly to not concede. I feel responsible for not having the three points. Before trailing, Iceland could have taken the lead but Birkir Bjarnason side-footed a shot wide of goal when Caballero was exposed.

At least Messi's miss in the 64th minute at Spartak Stadium - his fourth in his last seven penalty attempts for his club and his country - was not in a losing cause.

Coach Heimir Hallgrimsson promised that more is to come.

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