Messi misses penalty as Argentina held by Iceland

Messi misses penalty as Argentina held by Iceland

It takes something out of the ordinary for Ian Wright to be lost for words, but Lionel Messi's penalty miss saw the Arsenal legend stunned into silence during Saturday's World Cup clash between Argentina and Iceland. Argentina picked up a 6-0 win over Serbia and Montenegro and Messi put in the contest's final goal in the 88th minute.

The result left the European side top of the group ahead of Iceland and Argentina, whom they face in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday. Maradona famously carried Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986, while it doesn't look likely to happen for Messi after yesterday's draw against Iceland.

Messi squandered a gilt-edged opportunity to give his side a 2-1 lead in their Group D opener as he hit his penalty at an easy height for Icelandic goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson to reach.

"If Argentina continues playing like that, Sampaoli may not return to Argentina", Maradona said, according to El Comercio.

"Playing like that, he can't come back to Argentina", the 1986 World Cup victor said. "Knowing that all the Icelandic players are 6'3" we looked for headers at all the corners. "We had no short game".

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"It's a disgrace. Not having prepared for the match knowing that Iceland are all 1.90m tall", the 1986 World Cup victor told Venezuelan television.

"Messi was their only outlet. I blame a lack of preparation because there obviously hasn't been any", Maradona added.

Luckily for him, Argentina's first opponent is the worst of the three others in Group D, Iceland. Their counter-attacks and pace are a beauty to behold. You know you have been working for the past four years and you play a little bit of it in 90 minutes.

"[Messi] is very fit, he's very well prepared", Jorge said, "he's really looking forward to World Cup, and he hopes to be able to achieve his dream".

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