Messi: The Penalty Was Painful

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Things didn't go to plan for Argentina as they were held to a 1-1 draw by battling Iceland, who were competing in their first ever World Cup game.

Wright, in Russian Federation as a pundit for ITV and Fox Sports, took an afternoon off from the day job to watch the Group D opener in Moscow.

They appeared to have secured a breakthrough when Polish referee Szymon Marciniak pointed to the spot after Rurik Gislason brought Maximiliano Meza down in the 63rd minute.

At least Messi's miss in the 64th minute at Spartak Stadium - his fourth in his last seven penalty attempts for his club and his country - was not in a losing cause.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman suggested Saturday that soccer soccer star Lionel Messi missed a crucial World Cup penalty because of Argentina's last minute withdrawal from a warm up game with Israel.

After the game, the Argentine spoke out on his frustrations, noting: "I feel responsible for the draw. It will be unfair to give some player the role of marking Messi" he said.

"You don't want to disappoint people you know, and it's nearly everybody, the whole nation, " he said.

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Sampaoli, however, insisted he was not underestimating Iceland, the tiny nation playing at its first World Cup.

Messi has missed more than 20 penalty kicks in his career, showing there is perhaps one flaw in his genius.

"It's going to be a very hard match", Modric said afterwards.

"Strangely, we had difficulties in buying tickets", he said.

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.

Iceland, ranked 17 places behind Argentina at 22nd in the world, topped their group in European qualifying with comfortable wins over Croatia, Ukraine and Turkey.

On its Hollywood ride to the quarterfinals of the 2016 European Championships and now to the World Cup, where it plays in Group D with Messi's Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria, Iceland is blowing apart the myth that success in sports depends exclusively on weight of numbers.

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