Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Iceland hold Argentina to 1-1 draw as Messi misses penalty

Iceland hold Argentina to 1-1 draw as Messi misses penalty

Messi placed his shot to the right of Hannes Halldorsson, but the Iceland goalkeeper dived and got two hands behind the ball.

However, the script he created and directed yesterday in Iceland's 1-1 draw against two-time World Cup winners Argentina, is without a doubt his best work, and shows that his talents belong in front of the cameras.

Ronaldo had only four shots during that Group C classic but scored with all three efforts that were on target, a flawless late free-kick following an early penalty and a shot that squirmed away from David de Gea.

"This match was a kind of a milestone for this team", said Hallgrimsson, who vowed pre-tournament that his team would not sit back.

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According to Don Balon, a Spanish outlet famous for its outlandish claims, Neymar laughed at Messi for his penalty miss.

He had a decent Euro 2016 where he helped Iceland reach the quarter-final.

Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring for Argentina in the first half of their Group D match against Iceland at Spartak Stadium in Moscow on Saturday.

"Our goalkeeping coach spent many hours studying possible outcomes so as that amongst other things, that this can happen what took place with the penalty".

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"The penalty was painful, I feel responsible".

It wasn't the best start to the 2018 World Cup for Argentina. "I was already thinking about how I would take it".

The Argentine Football Association canceled the friendly match, which would have been played in Jerusalem on June 5, after an intense campaign by the pro-Palestinian activists and groups calling for a peaceful boycott against Israel.

"But today, too, we have a very good team".

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It was a contrast to long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid, whose hat-trick in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain on Friday included a penalty and a free kick. "We need to be strong as a group, believe in ourselves and know we have all the tools to beat anybody", he added.

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