Iceland hold Argentina to 1-1 draw as Messi misses penalty

World Cup 2018 Can Iceland stun the world again

I think we deserved to win.

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

The Leicester City midfielder added: "It would be more hard without him but he's on our side and we hope he continues to be with us, so why speculate on something like that?"

"People say we celebrate when we won a point - wait and see how we celebrate when we've won a game", said Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson.

"It hurts me to have missed the penalty, because it was the decisive advantage", Messi said after the game.

He stood on the pitch on his own after the final whistle for a long while, but Aguero said Messi's penalty struggles only "show he's human" and backed him to recover before they face Croatia on Thursday.

They signalled their intent from the kick off, sending seven men charging into the box to challenge as the ball was pumped long and it proved to be just the first of many uncomfortable moments for a decidedly shaky Argentine defence.

Argentina's captain, a three-time beaten finalist at major tournaments with his country since 2014, does not want to panic after Iceland claimed a major scalp on their World Cup bow. "Croatia were the better team, but we could have come back into it in the second half when we started very well before the penalty against us", the German said.

Argentina play Croatia in their next game in Saint Petersburg on 21 June. But his appalling behaviour during the Group D match is beyond unacceptable.

"Are you Cristiano Ronaldo's uncle?"

"This must be understood first by all Argentinians, and then by his team-mates".

It was another extraordinary result in the history of Iceland, who famously dumped England out of Euro 2016. "We put Nigeria behind us, and we will play our style of football however much we respect Argentina". I can mention Germany, France, Spain, Brazil and Argentina. "We did not expect so many of them, we knew that there would be quite a few of them (fans) but not this many".

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