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

Lionel Messi of Argentina reacts after missing a penalty during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group D match between Argentina and Iceland in Moscow Russia

Lionel Messi of Argentina reacts after missing a penalty during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group D match between Argentina and Iceland in Moscow Russia

Expect a significant percentage of Iceland's 330,000 population to join in during the Group D match at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow. Ronaldo has that elusive global title to his name, having recovered from that game against Iceland, as well as hitting the post with a penalty against Austria, to lead Portugal to the Euro 2016 crown, scoring three goals on the way.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman suggested Saturday that soccer soccer star Lionel Messi missed a crucial World Cup penalty because of Argentina's last minute withdrawal from a warm up game with Israel. "I had a good feeling he would go that way". Croatia face Nigeria in the late fixture tonight.

"I did my homework, 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".

Fox and Telemundo scores the exclusive rights to broadcast the World Cup, which means all matches will be televised on Fox, Fox Sports 1 in English commentary and on Telemundo and NBC Universo in Spanish.

Dybala who could have injected that pace and energy in the Argentinian team was overlooked today, instead Sampaoli looked towards Mezza to provide that. Argentina make a hash of the back pass, the ball is payed to Bjarnason around six yards out but he sidefoots it wide, he should have scored!

'We must rest, prepare well, and not waste any more time thinking about this game'. It was Aguero's first ever goal in the tournament. Behind them is unfortunately a bigger worry for the South American team. "We were enthusiastic but we played against a structured team".

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True to form, Iceland fought back and Finnbogason netted the equaliser four minutes later, pouncing after Argentine keeper Willy Caballero parried Gylfi Sigurdsson's shot for a classic poacher's goal.

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"We were superior [to Iceland]".

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The on-going rivalry between Barcelona & Real Madrid, and moreover Messi vs Ronaldo has reached a new stage. But it looked like the pressure was too heavy for the little magician as he failed to convert a penalty.

Argentina had pulled out of their final pre-World Cup warm up game with Israel after intense protests and threats from the Palestinians after Israel chose to move the game to Jerusalem.

But the truth of the matter is, Argentina aren't a good enough side to go far in the tournament.

Iceland also protected Halldorsson well with swarming running and tackling to shut down Messi and Argentina's attacking lanes.

"I think the Argentinians felt a bit frustrated that they weren't getting through and it was important we equalized so quickly".

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