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Iceland's hero keeper did homework to psych out Messi

Iceland's hero keeper did homework to psych out Messi

Messi will still be key to their fortunes, though, and while virtually all of Argentina's positive play-aside from the goal-came through him, he can't afford to be missing penalties.

Lionel Messi called for calm and said there is no need for Argentina to go "crazy", despite failing to beat Iceland at the World Cup, partly thanks to his "painful" penalty miss. How quickly we forget. We are going to aim to get out of our group.

"For me, as a goalkeeper from little Iceland and at the first game at a World Cup, to face the best player in the world at a penalty is", - he gave a long pause - "a big moment". "I want to keep on the road we are going on at Iceland, we want to qualify for as many Euros and World Cups as we can". Football fans can live stream all World Cup games in English or Español on fuboTV (Try for FREE).

In addition to labelling his penalty save "a dream come true", Halldorsson also stated that Leo Messi is the best player in the world. With Angel Di Maria and Meza pushing on there were options ahead of Messi when he dropped deep, while the movement of Sergio Aguero meant it was less static than it could often be when Gonzalo Higuain was the front man. One wonders if he ever truly returned.

"Exactly the same as in the Euros, we celebrated a point against Cristiano Ronaldo as we did against Messi". While his World Cup preparations may have taken a hit with the injuries to Manuel Lanzini and Sergi Romero, his team selection for today wasn't that great either.

The opening football match under Group D at Moscow's Otkrtitie Arena will see opposite national teams clash as FIFA World Cup veterans meet one of the event's latest debutants. There were too many attempts to pass the ball through the eye of not just one needle but several at the edge of the box, even after Ever Banega had come on for Lucas Biglia and the shape had become more like the 2-3-3-2 Sampaoli had promised. "We can't dwell on it, or think that we've won something".

"To evaluate and characterize his work is hard", said Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli.

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Argentina is playing its next Group D match against Croatia on June 21 in Nizhny Novgorod, while Iceland is set to take on their group opponents Nigeria on June 22 in Volgograd. Iceland is the smallest country to reach a World Cup but there is nothing small about the character of this team or the support they get. "Everybody is on board".

Iceland's wide midfielders pinch centrally and recover behind the ball to limit the amount of time opposing attackers have in the attacking third. Iceland were spirited on the night.

Iceland really should've taken the lead inside ten minutes.

It's why Argentina was eager to resume play when Johann Gudmundsson was forced off injured.

"I repeat, when a team play on its limits, you can't demand more", Mourinho said.

"Worried? No, I'm angry and it hurts because I missed the penalty".

He knows this is his tournament.

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