Twitter reacts as Lionel Messi misses from the spot against Iceland

Tanya Simon
June 18, 2018

But with trademark dark humor, the part-time coach and full-time dentist, conceded: "We wanted to use spaces behind them - but it's hard when you don't have the ball".

The controversy didn't end there for Maradona, as the 1986 World Cup victor was forced to apologize for puffing on a cigar at the game - despite smoking being banned at all World Cup stadiums.

Messi's record going into the tournament been suspect recently too, as reported by the Metro, it was his fourth miss from his last seven attempts for club and country which is only a success rate of 57%.

Lionel Messi said he was responsible for Argentina failing to beat Iceland after he could not convert a penalty in the 1-1 draw which "would have changed everything".

Last evening, it was not the title but surely cost Argentina the match.

It was a major embarrassment for Argentina and raises questions about their ability to claim football's biggest prize for the first time since 1986.

"I missed five penalties on the spin and I was still Diego Armando Maradona".

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It is a hardly contested fact that Messi is extremely risky with free kicks. His scoring rate with free kicks is sensational while penalties throw in some embarrassing numbers. Ronaldo took 10 shots, no goals. Yet the Portuguese got a hat-trick under his bag while Messi walked back empty-handed. It was the advantage. "I blame a lack of preparation because there obviously hasn't been any", Maradona added.

Then Iceland's defence kicked in, keeping nearly the entire team behind the ball and swarming the Argentina attackers, especially Lionel Messi.

Despite the penalty miss, Sampaoli felt it was an uncomfortable match for the Barca star.

"All of them very strong and fit, as a manager I also try and create this in my players".

"I know Leo is very much committed to Argentina moving forward".

Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak sent his French counterpart Hugo Lloris the wrong way to give Australia hopes of forcing a draw at the Kazan Arena but Pogba grabbed the victor in the 81st minute. That will be his one huge motto.

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