Iceland's 'zombie film' keeper outwits Messi spot kick

World Cup 2018 Argentina vs Iceland Lionel Messi Led Argentina Look To Make Early Statement

The Barcelona man's spot kick is strongly palmed away to his right, poor spot kick.

Hannes Halldorsson (Iceland): The former film director ensured he was the star of the show by keeping out Messi's penalty and producing a brilliant late save from Pavon to earn his side a deserved point.

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"I'm massively proud of our support here but I don't know where the Argentinians bought all their tickets - we really struggled to find them and could have brought lots more fans", said Hallgrimsson. Today's result could potentially hamper their momentum as the team are looking to go all the way in the tournament.

"Iceland played very defensively, blocking all spaces but we did everything we could to win".

Captain Messi missed a penalty in 1-1 draw in his 125th worldwide against an Iceland side making their tournament debut as the smallest nation ever to reach the finals.

Mere minutes later though, Iceland did what they do best and proved that no matter how big the odds, you can't count anyone out in the World Cup.

Argentina must regroup before facing Croatia on Nizhny Novgorod on June 21, while Iceland face Nigeria in Volgograd on June 22.

"If someone is surprised (by that) then, they don't know much about Iceland football".

There were too many attempts to pass the ball through the eye of not just one needle but several at the edge of the box, even after Ever Banega had come on for Lucas Biglia and the shape had become more like the 2-3-3-2 Sampaoli had promised.

Argentina had held their first open practice in Bronnitsy, a small town, some 60 km southeast of Moscow.

But what makes Iceland hard to beat isn't just its tactical schemes, it's that the Nordic nation has the ability to stay locked in and mistake-free for entire games.

"Iceland could go out and play the best game of our lives and still lose against a fantastic team like Argentina", he said.

In the second half, Messi blew his chance at a Cristiano Ronaldo-style national saviour act when he once again made a hash of a penalty, awarded softly for Hordur Magnusson's innocuous nudge on Maxi Meza. "And we are very outnumbered if you look at population numbers", Halldorsson said.

When is FIFA World Cup 2018 Argentina vs Iceland match? Argentina want to win against everyone. The 36-year-old did well to scramble the ball out, but Iceland then picked up the pieces and an incisive move culminated in Birkir Bjarnason firing the ball wide. Argentina's performance was frustrating and it looked worse in contrast to Friday night's blockbuster in Sochi. They have superior individuals, play in better teams, better leagues.

Croatia and Nigeria will have to watch out, though. Two years ago, after Iceland made its European Championship debut with a 1-1 draw against Portugal, the superstar criticized the underdogs for celebrating as if they had won a trophy.

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