Lionel Messi Misses Crucial Penalty, Argentina & Iceland Draw 1-1

Sampaoli denies underestimating Iceland after naming XI

2018 World Cup match report Argentina v Iceland 16 June 2018

On this evidence, it is clear that Messi needs far more help from his supporting cast, with Maximiliano Meza and Angel di Maria anonymous.

And a final free kick by Messy in the 95th minute that could have changed the results and given the Latin American team an edge, was stopped handsome.

Iceland held on to claim a point in their first game of World Cup football, with the score finishing 1-1.

Alfred Finnbogasson scored Iceland's first ever World Cup goal. Both teams jockeyed for possessions, until halftime presided with both teams looking ahead carte blanche.

Iceland have again stunned the world by holding on to secure an historic 1-1 draw against Argentina at Spartak Stadium in Moscow. The ref pointed to the spot and naturally Messi was decided amongst his teammates he was the worthy choice to play "God".

Messi was denied by Hannes Thor Halldorsson when he took a second-half spot-kick - and he recorded 11 shots in the game without beating Iceland's goalkeeper. A chance to score the winning goal and push his country towards the one trophy they are all desperate to win.

Then Iceland's defence kicked in, keeping nearly the entire team behind the ball and swarming the Argentina attackers, especially Lionel Messi.

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And finally, arguably the two best players in the world, Messi and Ronaldo will always play their personal battle even if the two players aren't really competing. His penalty added to a run that started with a miss for Barcelona in La Liga last August.

"To save a penalty in the first game of the World Cup is like a dream scenario". While his World Cup preparations may have taken a hit with the injuries to Manuel Lanzini and Sergi Romero, his team selection for today wasn't that great either.

That was until the 64 minute, when luck seemingly fell in Argentina's favour as they were awarded a penalty following a clumsy challenge. In the absence of Messi's sparkle, Argentina's attack was a bit flat and they need to improve on that if they are to live to their high expectations.

Sampaoli may consider changes for Argentina's next match against Croatia in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday, before they end their group stage campaign against Nigeria five days later.

Yes, Iceland rode their luck on occasion, Hannes Halldorsson earning himself a place in Iceland folklore by parrying away Messi's weakly-struck 64th-minute penalty.

Argentina's lack of creativity often required Messi to drop deep in order to act as the side's playmaker, but if Aguero and their other forward players can be as clinical as they are for their club teams, that could be a viable strategy.

The FC crew take a comprehensive look at how Iceland stifled Argentina and revisit La Albiceleste's continued dependence on Lionel Messi. Croatia and Nigeria are also in the group. The promotional video, that featured his compatriots in the Icelandic national side as well as his former roommate in the team, Eidur Gudjohnsen, was well received but it is his penalty save against one of history's best players, Lionel Messi, that will never be forgotten in Icelandic footballing history.

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