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Argentina vs Iceland : Messi subdued by muscular Icelandic defence

17 June, 2018, 10:01 | Author: Candice Daniels
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Lionel MESSI, Sergio AGUERO, Javier MASCHERANO and Jorge SAMPAOLI all spoke to the media following the team's 1-1 draw against Iceland at the FIFA World Cup.

The biggest moment of the game, though, came from Messi when he had the opportunity to restore Argentina's lead from the penalty spot.

Sergio Aguero gave the South Americans the lead in the 19th minute with a brilliant finish on the turn from 12 metres.

Hallgrimsson is adamant that his players enjoy more experience now and are ready to tackle Nigeria, Croatia and Argentina adding that their main target is to progress from the group stage. "I didn't want to get lazy before the World Cup". "This World Cup is going to be very even, all the matches are very close".

Bearing all this in mind, Messi has proven before how he can play under pressure so we still expect Argentina to win the game.

Argentina only made it to the finals courtesy of a Messi hat-trick in their final qualifier against Ecuador.

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Thus, it should come as no surprise that, as football fanatics from all across the globe gather in Russian Federation over the next month for the festival that is the 2018 FIFA World Cup, plenty of non-Argentineans will be keen to catch La Albiceleste in action.

He denied Messi had too much responsibility, saying it was natural to build a team around such a phenomenally talented player.

Just as easy as Ronaldo forgot about his dismal night two years ago in France, it's easy to forget Messi walked away from global football around the same time.

Alfred Finnbogason equalized for Iceland four minutes later after Argentina goalkeeper Willy Caballero pushed a low cross into the forward's path.

Arab Israeli lawmaker Ahmed Tibi also linked the miss to the withdrawal from the Israel game, tweeting a poll asking "Who was happier that Messi missed his penalty today?" "We will learn from what happened and we have to have the strength to win the next game".

The man who also works as a filmmaker saved a penalty from Lionel Messi to earn his side a point and explained his thinking after the match. Birkir Bjarnason pushed wide his near post effort. "But we have been preparing for a long time". This is a good move for me as he injects a bit of pace into the midfield.

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