Messi misses penalty kick as Iceland holds Argentina to draw

When Sampaoli took the Argentina job, replacing Edgardo Bauza a year ago, Argentina felt they finally had the man to organise the huge quality that bleeds throughout their squad.

Iceland is showing that Euro 2016 was no fluke. Can Leo Messi match the hat-trick scored by eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo?

Yet debutants Iceland refused to melt on the main stage, Alfred Finnbogason capitalising on Willy Caballero's weak punch to score his country's maiden goal in the history of the tournament just four minutes later.

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Iceland were aggressive and combative from the first minute and offered a threat on the break against Argentina's vulnerable back line.

In a game of vastly opposing styles but very slim margins, Lionel Messi had the chance to secure Argentina three points from the spot in the second half, although Icelandic stopper Hannes Thor Halldorsson produced a remarkable save to earn his side an unforgettable point. In contrast, Argentina are two-time world champions and even made the finals past year. No surprises really, Leo Messi starts for Argentina and is joined by a host of stars including Angel Di Maria. It's a different calire of challenge for Iceland in this match though, with numerous players coming up against stars they would have only dreamed of playing a few years ago. There's not much Messi will be able to do about the defense if those mistakes persist.

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Ronaldo joins Miroslav Klose, Uwe Seeler and Pele as the only players who have scored in four World Cups . Petersburg, Russia. "It's the work of many years, I've always believed in myself", he insisted post-match.

4 MINS: Messi's first touch is an inch-perfect free-kick into the Iceland penalty area, but Nicolas Otamendi's imperfect header means no opening goal.

Friendlies against Nicaragua and Israel had to be cancelled due to safety concerns so Iceland will aim to take advantage of any rustiness in their first game at a World Cup finals.

Argentina's lack of creativity often required Messi to drop deep in order to act as the side's playmaker, but if Aguero and their other forward players can be as clinical as they are for their club teams, that could be a viable strategy.

In the 64 minute, Lionel Messi stepped up to take a spot kick and in an all too familiar scene, he missed!

The Argentina captain was twice denied by Halldorsson from distance in the first half, but Aguero did find a way to beat the Iceland keeper.

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