Diego Maradona pours scorn on Argentina coach after Iceland draw

Sampaoli denies underestimating Iceland after naming XI

The script was laid out perfectly, Lionel Messi was over the ball, and he would surely score to give his side the win and further cement his legacy as the greatest of all time.

Messi was looking to match the impact his old rival Cristiano Ronaldo has made on the tournament - the Portuguese scored a sensational hat-trick against Spain on Friday night. However, Iceland showed exactly the same commitment and self-belief as when they stunned the soccer world with their run to the quarter-finals of the European Championship two years ago and hit back four minutes later through Alfred Finnbogason.

The Scandinavians had only 25 per cent of the possession in the first half but created the better chances against a suspect Argentine defence.

Messi was gifted the chance to put Argentina in front for the second time in Moscow.

Messi's missed penalty to keeper Hannes Halldorsson, who works as a film director back home, was the major talking point on social media. And what ended as a draw felt more like a victory for Iceland - and there is just more than one reason why everyone is cheering for the new football team.

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La Albiceleste boast one of the most potent selections of attackers at the World Cup, as demonstrated by their ability to start with Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain on the bench.

Despite their broad experience and an attacking roster led by Messi alongside Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero, Argentina ahve struggled in qualifying round. team manager Jorge Sampaoli's camp only secured their spot to Russian Federation thanks to a hat-trick from Messi in their last qualifier versus Ecuador.

If there is one flaw in Lionel Messi's genius, it might be his failure to score penalty kicks in big games.

Confident though they are, the Icelanders don't need to be reminded that they are from the smallest country every to qualify for the World Cup.

But he couldn't covert from 12 yards with Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson denying the Barcelona star. Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0 in Saturday's other Group D game and they top the group on three points, with Argentina and Iceland on a point apiece.

Jorge Sampaoli's men however took the lead 10 minutes later through Sergio Aguero. I looked at a lot of penalties from Messi and wanted to get into his mind and what he would think about me. "I had a good feeling he'd go this way today".

As for Iceland, they can only hold their heads up high after scoring their first-ever World Cup goal and securing their first-ever point in the tournament, and having defied all expectations to get to Russia, Heimir Hallgrimsson's men have nothing to lose and everything to gain in their next two matches. Birkir Bjarnason pushed wide his near post effort.

Iceland would eventually hold on for a priceless point as Argentina got their campaign in Russian Federation off to a mediocre start.

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