‘Messi is only human, the penalty miss affected him’

‘Messi is only human, the penalty miss affected him’

"There are some things you hope or wish for, and saving a penalty from Messi in the first game is definitely one of them", Halldorsson said.

Messi's chance for glory, less than 24 hours after arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo starred for Portugal, went horribly wrong when the keeper saved superbly to his right.

The Iceland football team continued to do their country proud on the global stage following Saturday's hard fought 1-1 draw against Argentina.

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

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The keeper also produced a late save to keep out an attempt from substitute Cristian Pavon as Iceland - who also drew 1-1 with eventual victor Portugal in its Euro 2016 opener - held on to clinch another famous result in their footballing history.

They joined the Argentina fans in creating an electric atmosphere at Spartak Stadium, which is the early frontrunner for the World Cup's most pulsating venue. That gives us all a few days to replace the blown-out speakers on our laptops.

Lionel Messi missed a penalty as two-time winners Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by debutants Iceland in their Group D fixture at the Russian Federation 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow on Saturday.

However, while the Barcelona icon's penalty record doesn't make for great reading, there are lots of people who feel he remains the best - including Halldorsson.

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Iceland was level four minutes later, however, when Alfred Finnbogason scored after Argentina goalkeeper Willy Caballero pushed a low cross into the forward's path for a volley from eight yards.

"This is just beginning and we knew it would not be easy", Messi added.

Argentina legend Diego Maradona says the team's draw with Iceland was a "disgrace" and warned manager Jorge Sampaoli "he can't come back to Argentina" playing like that.

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La Albiceleste boast one of the most potent selections of attackers at the World Cup, as demonstrated by their ability to start with Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain on the bench. Today's result could potentially hamper their momentum as the team are looking to go all the way in the tournament.

Argentina's opening match at Russian Federation 2018 ended in a 1-1 draw in Moscow after Alfred Finnbogason's historic goal cancelled out Sergio Aguero's opener in Saturday's Group D meeting.

The World Cup rookies from the tournament's smallest nation are suddenly legitimate contenders for the knockout stage.

"Iceland played very defensively, blocking all spaces but we did everything we could to win".

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