The Vikings of Iceland couldn’t have asked for a better start to their World Cup as they were able to hold 2014 runner-ups Argentina to a 1-1 draw. The Saturday fixture saw the South Americans take the lead in the first half when Sergio Aguero was able to fire in a beauty created by Rojo to the back of the net.
However, in unexpected fashion, Iceland equalized soon with Alfred Finnbogason baffling everyone with his 23rd minute goal.
From there on, Argentina could find nothing that could work their way until a penalty was won by them in the 64th minute with Lionel Messi standing over it.
And yet, the super striker’s effort or lack thereof by missing the spot-kick may have been the biggest reason why the result stayed the way it did.
Needless to say, Twitter had choice words for Messi’s miss, and here are a few of them.
This will sting even further due to his bitter rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s impeccable hattrick last night against Spain. While Argentina have been consistently good in their World Cup endeavors, the sole point they salvaged in Moscow doesn’t bode well at all.
The numbers were all in for them, with Iceland having to settle for a pitiable 22% of possession and being reduced to make a mere 132 accurate passes to Argentina’s tally of 674.
Messi’s miss could have much more dire consequences due to the short nature of the group stages and while Croatia and Nigeria may not prove to be the most daunting of opponents; things could still go sour for the South Americans.
If this is indeed Messi’s last World Cup, will this missed penalty define an international career that has been bereft of titles?