Lionel Messi Reacts To 'Painful' Penalty Miss As Cristiano Ronaldo Comparisons Grow

18 June, 2018, 01:37 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
  • Argentina's Lionel Messi Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero

And Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman seems to know the reason behind Messi's dramatic penalty miss.

Messi almost snatched the victor for Argentina with a fierce right-footed strike inside the box in stoppage time but his effort flew over the bar and both sides had to settle for the share of spoils.

Lionel Messi had three World Cup points on a plate for Argentina when he stepped up to take a penalty against Iceland on Saturday afternoon.

The 30-year-old Barcelona star's second-half spot-kick was easily stopped by opposition keeper Hannes Halldorsson with the score at 1-1.

That second half spot-kick was one of a record 11 shots from the Argentine skipper against Iceland keeper Hannes Halldorsson, a clear man of the match.

He went equally nuts when Finnbogason's equalizer went in.

As for Iceland, they can only hold their heads up high after scoring their first-ever World Cup goal and securing their first-ever point in the tournament, and having defied all expectations to get to Russia, Heimir Hallgrimsson's men have nothing to lose and everything to gain in their next two matches.

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The remarkable journey of the tiny nation began with an impressive performance during Euro 2016 that saw them knock out England in an incredible tournament. "It was an uncomfortable match, because Iceland was playing very defensively, blocking all the possible spaces, but we did everything we could for Argentina to win". That gives us all a few days to replace the blown-out speakers on our laptops.

Lionel Messi missed a penalty as Iceland held Argentina to a 1-1 draw in Group D at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on Saturday, as the former made their first appearance in a World Cup finals.

Despite dominating possession and creating the majority of the chances, Argentina didn't win its opener against Iceland, drawing 1-1. - Alfred Finnbogason's goal was Iceland's first shot on target in the competition.

"I should know about how he is going to move over the pitch as I have watched him since he was a teenager". After which, a neatly organized Iceland side was more than able to keep pace, and the score remained 1-1 'til the final whistle. The best chances in the early stages of the first half came when Nicolas Otamendi and Nicolas Tagliafico both had glancing headers fly wide of the post.

"I get the feeling there's an anger at the heart of the team", he said. Messi, Di Maria and Maxi Meza were all brought into play.

'We really felt we were in a complicated group and we knew it would be a hard game'.

The road to the World Cup provided Iceland with a challenging route as they had to take on the likes of fellow Group D rivals Croatia, as well as Ukraine and Turkey, but Hallgrimsson's charges eventually made it over the line by finishing top of the group by two points.

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