first_imgArgentine maestro Lionel Messi missed the fourth penalty in his last seven attempts for club Barcelona and country, bringing back memories of his skying effort in the 2016 Copa America final against Chile.Two years ago, Messi had missed a penalty that cost them the Copa America title and he had immediately announced his retirement from international football, it had hurt him that much.However, after much deliberation, requests from an entire nation, Messi returned to don the white and blue.On Saturday though, Messi would go through that nightmare again, the only relief that can come out of it is that this was just the first match and not a final.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEArgentina were held by World Cup debutants Iceland 1-1 and the result that the La Albiceleste would want to forget.”It would have changed the script. It was the advantage,” Messi said.Also read – World Cup 2018: Lionel Messi’s dubious record in shock draw vs Iceland”Obviously it hurts me to have missed the penalty. They would have opened a little more and we could have found more spaces.”We have the bitterness of not being able to take the three points that we deserved. To start with winning is always important, now we have to think about Croatia.”We will try to pass this quickly.”Also read – World Cup 2018, Day 3 Highlights: Penalties, Messi flop show and VARDespite having a massive 78 per cent possession, Iceland’s defensive abilities and shape troubled Argentina. On top of that even when they got seven shots out of 20 on target, Iceland keeper Hannes Halldorsson stood big and denied the mighty South Americans.advertisementArgentina coach Jorge Sampaoli dismissed Messi’s penalty set-back as a “statistic” and praised his attitude in a difficult game.”To evaluate and characterise Lionel Messi’s work is difficult because it was an uncomfortable match for him,” Sampaoli said.Also read – Lionel Messi misses penalty a day after Cristiano Ronald’s heroics”Iceland played very defensively, blocking all spaces but we did everything we could to win. Leo is very committed to Argentina.”We always come to win so that’s why there is a certain amount of frustration.”Argentina and Lionel Messi will now want to put this draw behind them and focus on their next match against Croatia on June 21.Also read – World Cup 2018: Iceland hero reveals how he prepared for Lionel MessiCroatia played their opener against Nigeria and won 2-0 with Luka Modric scoring a penalty.Argentina’s result against Croatia will be crucial, where Messi will be up against Real Madrid nemesis Luka Modric and Barcelona teammate Ivan Rakitic in the midfield, making up for an interesting match.last_img

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