Messi misses penalty as Argentina held by Iceland

18 June, 2018, 17:50 | Author: Greg Lawrence
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But Hannes Halldorsson guessed correctly and palmed away the Argentine skipper's side-footed effort and, despite intense pressure, Iceland held on for a famous draw.

Argentina take on Croatia on Thursday before their final group game against Nigeria next week.

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.

"It's a disgrace. Not having prepared for the match knowing that Iceland are all 1.90m tall", the 1986 World Cup victor told Venezuelan television.

Wright, filming the action from the stands, stood open-mouthed in disbelief but perhaps he shouldn't have been overly surprised given it was Messi's fourth miss from his last seven penalty attempts.

Midfielder Christian Cueva missed a penalty for Los Incas to compound their misery.

The draw left Argentina in an uncomfortable position in Group D with matches against Croatia and Nigeria still to come.

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"I looked at a lot of penalties by Messi and I also looked at how I had been behaving in previous penalties, so I tried to get into their mindset, how they would be thinking about me", he said.

Ronaldo criticized Iceland the same way after Portugal's 1-1 draw in Iceland's Euro 2016 debut.

"Are you Cristiano Ronaldo's uncle?" "It could have given us the lead and that could have changed the match", Messi said. "We were very slow on the ball", Sampaoli said.

"This must be understood first by all Argentinians, and then by his team-mates".

"We were disciplined, we were well-deployed and we deservedly won". "I can't see where all the Argentinians bought their tickets".

A day removed from the accusation, Maradona has taken to social media to give his account of the incident. "We need to be strong as a group, believe in ourselves and know we have all the tools to beat anybody".



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