Lionel Messi Regrets Decisive Penalty Miss Against Iceland


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.

The national teams of Argentina and Iceland exchanged spectacular offensives during their Group D opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, held on Saturday at the Spartak Arena in Moscow, but eventually finished their duel with 1-1 draw.

Four minutes after Aguero's opener ripple their net, the Norsemen made the instant pressure count when Finnbogason swept home a loose ball from six yards out to score his country's first ever World Cup goal...

Argentina's Angel Di Maria created the first threat of the second half, winning a corner after a run down the left, but Otamendi steered his header well over. Both teams jockeyed for possessions, until halftime presided with both teams looking ahead carte blanche.

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. Football fans can live stream all World Cup games in English or Español on fuboTV (Try for FREE).

Halldorsson was the hero when he palmed away Messi's spot kick in the 63rd minute, correctly gambling that the Barcelona talisman would shoot to his right.

But all week Iceland have been telling people their Euro 2016 win over England was not a miracle, their group-topping qualification was not a shock.

Former soccer star Diego Maradona center watches the group D match between Argentina and Iceland
Lionel Messi Regrets Decisive Penalty Miss Against Iceland

However, Iceland, the smallest nation ever to qualify, refused to roll over, with midfielders Aron Gunnarsson, Emil Hallfredsson and Birkir Bjarnason grafting like troopers to double up on Messi and shut down the spaces Argentina were trying to work. I think we have a clear identity.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli dismissed his star player's penalty set-back as a "statistic" and praised his attitude in a hard game. "It's a very even World Cup and you're seeing that, because all the games are very close", said Messi.

Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson revealed the lengths he took to ensure he was best-placed to stop Messi's spot-kick.

"I looked at a lot of penalties by Messi and I also watched penalties I have faced so I could see how I looked to penalty-takers". "I had a good feeling that he would go this way today". A curling effort from the edge of the box just sailed wide of the post and you began to feel it'd be one of those days for Argentina.

But the truth of the matter is, Argentina aren't a good enough side to go far in the tournament.

However, Heimir Hallgrimsson's side was undeterred by the setback of conceding first. - This was Iceland's first World Cup game - Senegal were the last side to win on their debut in the competition (vs France in 2002), while Croatia were the last European side to do so (vs Jamaica in 1998).

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