Messi misses from the spot as Argentina are held by tiny Iceland

Lionel Messi- Argentina

Lionel Messi- Argentina

In addition to saving a spot-kick from a five-time Ballon d'Or victor, Halldorsson also made six crucial saves as Iceland earned an unlikely point.

With Diego Maradona watching on from the stands, Messi failed to convert from the spot in the second half of an eventful Group D opener at the Otkrytie Arena in Moscow.

Anyway, that was Messi's third penalty miss in his last six attempts, though we're assured his overall career conversion rate is a perfectly healthy 77% - basically, it only feels like he fluffs a lot of spot-kicks. After a goalmouth scramble, Finnbogason put home the first goal in Icelandic World Cup history to put his side back on level terms.

Iceland, with a population of 350,000, drew with Portugal and then stunned England when they knocked them out of the Euros two years ago to reach the quarter-finals, but this result against the two-time World Cup winners is right up there. That gives us all a few days to replace the blown-out speakers on our laptops.

Lionel Messi missed a penalty as his side were surprisingly held by debutants Iceland in their opening Group D game on Saturday.

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

Argentina settled, though, and ultimately took the lead in the 19th minute through Sergio Aguero who gathered Marcos Rojo's speculative shot decisively before turning and drilling it high into the net, exactly the sort of finish that has generally been lacking from Aguero for his national team, and a huge source of encouragement for Jorge Sampaoli. However, Alfred Finnbogason would equalize just four minutes later.

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La Albiceleste boast one of the most potent selections of attackers at the World Cup, as demonstrated by their ability to start with Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain on the bench.

There were brief moments of quality but Iceland's resilience limited Messi to long range efforts, never getting close enough to inflict the damage we all know he can.

Messi, 30, added: 'Physically Iceland are very strong, but now we must only think about what is ahead.

When Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for Portugal in the game against Spain, the world's attention turned to his rival, Lionel Messi in Argentina's clash against Iceland. Messi, Di Maria and Maxi Meza were all brought into play.

Argentina, playing in all-black and roared on by the vast majority of the crowd in the Spartak Stadium, eventually took command and delivered wave after wave of attacks in the second half.

"I had a good feeling he would go that way today".

Next up for Iceland is a match against Nigeria, while Messi and his Argentinian team will look to bounce back against a star-studded Croatia.

However, against the run of play in the 23rd minute, Iceland pushed forward through Birkir Bjarnason and Aron Gunnarsson.

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