World Cup: Messi bemoans saved penalty •How I did the magic — Iceland’s goalie

By Daily Sports on June 17, 2018

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Lionel Messi says it “hurts” after his penalty was saved during Argentina’s draw with Iceland.

The 30-year-old Barcelona star’s second-half spot-kick was easily stopped by opposition keeper Hannes Halldorsson with the score at 1-1.

Messi was looking to match the impact his old rival Cristiano Ronaldo has made so far with a sensational hat-trick against Spain on Friday night.

“It would have changed the script. It was the advantage,” he said.

“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.”

Messi said Iceland’s tactics made it hard for his side claiming “they did not want to play” but admitted that Heimir Hallgrimsson’s team “closed well”.

The Argentina skipper has now missed four of the last seven penalties that he has taken for club and country combined.

He continued to try for a way through against Iceland with 11 attempted shots, the most he’s ever tried in a World Cup game, but was left frustrated.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli dismissed his star player’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,” he said.

“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 face Croatia next on Thursday at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium (19:00 BST).

Homework analysis – the secrets to Iceland keeper’s penalty save

Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson revealed the lengths he took to ensure he was best-placed to stop Messi’s spot-kick.

The 34-year-old part-time video director said: “I did some homework because I knew it was a situation that could come up. OK, it’s a long shot but it happened.

“I looked at a lot of penalties by Messi and I also watched penalties I have faced so I could see how I looked to penalty-takers. I had a good feeling he would go that way.

“It’s a dream come true for me to have saved that penalty, especially as it helped us gain a point that could be very important for us in trying to qualify from this group.”

•Text (excluding headline) sourced from BBC. Photo shows Messi after missing the penalty against Iceland on Saturday in Moscow

Source Daily Sports

Posted June 17, 2018

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