Messi Miss Penalty As Argentina Draw 1-1 Against Iceland

Looking up to a promising tournament

In the second half, Maxi Meza was brought down in the box giving Messi the chance to take the penalty and give Argentina the lead.

In the second half, Ever Banega soon replaced Lucas Biglia, and Argentina started to exert more pressure on their resolute opponents, and Messi needed to come deep for the ball less often than he had in the first 45, and his involvement was nearly decisive right away.

With the five-times world player of the year stepping up to restore Argentina's lead in the Group D opener, tiny Iceland's first ever appearance at the World Cup finals, Halldorsson admitted that he felt the pressure.

Unfortunately Iceland keeper Hannes Halldorsson was smart to assume a more central position on the goal line, because Messi barely picked his spot, walking away dismayed. The Manchester City striker seemed to have been crowded out by several Iceland players, but a clever swivel bought him that bit of space to lash a blistering shot past goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson.

He went equally nuts when Finnbogason's equalizer went in.

Messi, on the other hand, looked downright distraught in the aftermath of Saturday's momentous result, Iceland's first World Cup point. That gives us all a few days to replace the blown-out speakers on our laptops.

"You just try to get all three points and a minimum of one point, do your best and then after maybe you can feel what you have achieved then".

But minnows Iceland, playing at their first ever finals, levelled four minutes later through Alfred Finnbogason.

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The 34-year-old part-time video director said: "I did some homework because I knew it was a situation that could come up".

Of course, Messi's penalty miss was made even bigger by the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo not only scored one the previous night, but bagged a hat-trick for Portugal.

In the second half, Argentina continued their possession onslaught. "I had a good feeling he would go that way". Spinning off a defender with his back to goal at the penalty spot, Aguero moved to his right and hooked his left foot around to send a rising shot high into the net.

After all, greatness isn't defined by a single World Cup performance. Messi had been unusually poor in this game up until this with Iceland doing a good job of keeping him quiet.

Argentina fans booed and whistled when the giant stadium screen showed that Halldorsson was man of the match.

A clearly ruffled Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli defended Messi and his players, predicting they would bounce back against Croatia and Denmark to progress from Group D.

Peru started the brighter of the two sides, keeping Danish danger man Christian Eriksen under wraps for much of the first half, and they should have gone ahead just before the break when Cueva was tripped in the box by Poulsen.

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