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Messi misses penalty, Iceland holds Argentina to 1-1 draw

Messi misses penalty, Iceland holds Argentina to 1-1 draw

Argentina dominated large periods of the game, but they were held to a 1-1 draw.

"In the first 20 minutes, we didn't move the ball around quickly enough to worry our opponents and they had a lot of people in the penalty area", he said.

"Are you Cristiano Ronaldo's uncle?" "We need to be strong as a group, believe in ourselves and know we have all the tools to beat anybody", he added.

English ex-forward and pundit Gary Lineker compared Cueva's miss to a similarly-ballooned penalty by Italy's Roberto Baggio that gave the 1994 World Cup to Brazil.

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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. Messi had to score a hat-trick for them just to qualify for the tournament. He looks completely disinterested - like he's here out of obligation.

Thousands of Iceland fans did their ritual claps and war chants of "Huh!" during the game and after the final whistle with their players.

The key name was not Messi, however, it was Meza, Maximiliano Meza. One wonders if he ever truly returned. "Mascherano and Biglia are solid in defending and can also start attack".




"We're bluntly honest in our ability", coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said. "It hurts because we deserved to win".

France became the first team to win a Video Assistant Referee decision in World Cup play in a 2-1 win over Australia in the opener for both teams Saturday in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia.

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

Iceland's defensive success results from its ability to squeeze the field. "We were enthusiastic but we played against a structured team".

It's why Argentina was eager to resume play when Johann Gudmundsson was forced off injured.

The Barcelona maestro was not born when the "Albiceleste" last tasted success in 1986 and, at nearly 31, knows that time is running out.

That provided the space Argentina needed to whip in the cross that led to the penalty that was expected to be the match-winner.

"We've shown that if we work together as one unit, like we've been doing, then anything is achievable and it won't come as a shock", he said.


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