'Hurt' Lionel Messi finally breaks silence after Argentina draw against Iceland

'Hurt' Lionel Messi finally breaks silence after Argentina draw against Iceland

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

Diego Maradona has given his version of an exchange with an Asian fan at a World Cup game in Moscow that witnesses perceived as racist.

It may seem odd but Halldorsson felt good on the goal line waiting for Messi to take the penalty, but admits that things were quite surreal.

The biggest moment of the game, though, came from Messi when he had the opportunity to restore Argentina's lead from the penalty spot. He may be one of the best strikers to have ever played the attractive game, but the the Argentine soccer legend has developed quite the track record of unfortunate antics.

Messi, bidding to match the brilliant hat-trick scored by Ronaldo yesterday in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain, had plenty of possession but was unable to do too much with it.

Despite his scathing remarks about the manager, Maradona urged his country to stay behind their team and, in particular, Messi in spite of his pivotal penalty miss.

Sergio Aguero had given the twice world champions the lead after 19 minutes of the Group D match.

Within four minutes of the deadlock being broken, some rather questionable defending allowed Augsburg forward Alfred Finnbogason to restore parity.

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The penalty was awarded after Aguero was pushed in the back by Hordur Magnusson as both chased Messi's floated cross in the 63rd.

"We had a hard time creating chances".

Argentina's forward Lionel Messi looks dejected during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Argentina and Iceland at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow. "Not if we play the way we did against Iceland", Ardiles signed off.

At the end, Messi retreated alone into the centre circle with his head bowed and hands on his knees. For Iceland, the humbling of a soccer superpower.

Argentina, playing in all-black and roared on by the vast majority of the crowd in a rocking Spartak Stadium, eventually took command, delivering wave after wave of attacks in the second half.

No Iceland defender was at fault for failing to stop Aguero's goal.

Maradona pounds his chest during Argentina game.

Maradona also apologised on Facebook for smoking a cigar on Saturday, despite a Federation Internationale de Football Association ban on smoking at World Cup stadiums. The VAR leaves fans somewhere between confused and fuming, it disrupts the flow of the game and most importantly, the decisions reached still aren't universally agreed upon.

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