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Messi misses penalty as Argentina held by Iceland

17 June, 2018, 11:47 | Author: Rachael Silva
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Messi, who is shouldering enormous pressure to succeed in what could be his last World Cup, failed to run through the gauntlet which was laid down by rival Cristiano Ronaldo - who managed to score a hat-trick against Spain on Friday night.

Iceland continued its miraculous run of global football on Saturday, holding on for a 1-1 draw against Argentina its first match at the 2018 World Cup.

Griezmann's well-struck shot was the first VAR-awarded penalty at a World Cup.

The missed penalty, the eventual 1-1 draw and as Cristiano Ronaldo fans are claiming, the Portuguese's hat-trick performance as day ago, Messi has not had a very pleasant beginning in Russian Federation.

"There are no minnows any more in football and that was what Iceland showed us today", the 1995 African Footballer of the year told CSN from Russian Federation in a chat. We tried but it wasn't to be.

"The circumstances around the missed penalty and that led to Leo's mistake, that's just another statistic, it's part of the past. football is like that". "When the referee went to see the video, I thought it was a penalty". It would have changed everything.

"We do not have to go insane, we deserved to win, but we have to improve a lot, now we have to be calm".

So what did we learn from a result that might just have blown the group wide open?

ALSO READ: Focus on Messi as Argentina begin World Cup campaign against Iceland Accompanied by Torino full back Nicolas Tagliafico, Sampaoli's willingness to share team secrets spoke volumes about the confidence Lionel Messi has inculcated in the team.

"We have a lot of discipline in the way we play", he said.

One of the veterans of the team, Javier MASCHERANO shares AGUERO's same sentiments. Every opponent is different. I think that his skills and the professional way he plays mean that he will be the one who decides until when he wants to play.

Two years on, "Les Bleus" arrive in Russian Federation with high hopes of young players such as Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele and buttressed by more experienced stars such as Manchester United's Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann, who announced this week he is staying at Atletico Madrid.



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