Messi: The Penalty Was Painful

Messi: The Penalty Was Painful

The Iceland goalkeeper dived to his right and got two hands behind the ball.

Well, tell that to the army of reactionary twitter trolls who jumped on Messi's penalty miss like a lion would jump on a wounded gazelle. The alleged racist gesture was spotted by an television journalist, who was at the stadium at the time.

Lionel Messi has played in 15 career World Cup matches over three different World Cups, and he has scored five goals in those contests.

After Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain on Friday, all eyes were on Messi to respond but he was generally kept at arm's length by the rugged but controlled Iceland defenders, no respecters of even the greatest reputation. His penalty added to a run that started with a miss for Barcelona in La Liga last August.

After surviving that scare, the thousands of Argentina fans who packed out the Spartak Stadium were dancing in the Moscow sunshine when Sergio Aguero put them ahead with a superb strike after 19 minutes.

"I had prepared. I looked at many penalties converted by Messi".

The small Nordic island nation's team created several first-half chances despite having only 22 percent possession, and pushed back Argentina's waves of second-half attacks.

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Lionel Messi has been in the spotlight Saturday following his penalty miss for Argentina against Iceland in their opening World Cup 2018 group game.

A final free kick by Messi in the 95th minute appropriately sailed into a wall thick with Iceland players.

At the end, Messi retreated alone into the centre circle with his head bowed and hands on his knees.

The Group C match in Kazan was goalless when Antoine Griezmann went down after a tackle in the second half. Maradona claims the incident has been blown out of proportion and he was actually showing his gratitude that fans from Asia should be supporting Argentina. The FIFA ambassador was puffing a large cigar despite smoking being banned in all World Cup venues. They won just one of their three group games four years ago.

The team will next play against Croatia on June 21 and Nigeria on June 26.

Argentina next face Croatia in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday, before playing their final group stage game against Nigeria in St. Petersburg on Sunday.

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