Plucky Iceland holds Argentina 1-1 at halftime

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Iceland were arguably the team of the tournament at Euro 2016.

Tiny Iceland made a stunning first-ever World Cup appearance when they held 2014 runners-up Argentina to a 1-1 draw in a dramatic match where Lionel Messi blew his chance to win it when he had a penalty saved by Hannes Por Halldorsson. On this evidence, it is clear that Messi needs far more help from his supporting cast, with Maximiliano Meza and Angel di Maria anonymous.

Barcelona superstar Messi has now failed to convert four of his last seven penalties for club and country. Messi stepped up but Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson made the save to deny the Argentinian icon his first goal of the tournament. "We know how we can win football matches, and against a team like Argentina, that it's just a fact they have superior individuals with superior skills playing better teams in better leagues than the Iceland players".

Messi said: "I am grateful for that the fans sang my name". The FIFA ambassador was puffing a large cigar despite smoking being banned in all World Cup venues. We should have used out greater offensive presence and taken advantage of Maxi [Meza]'s position in the second period. And they were going to get a baptism of fire as they prepared to face Argentina with Lionel Messi surely fired up after seeing his legendary rival Cristiano Ronaldo score a hat trick against Spain the previous night.

Argentina seemed to have its breakthrough in the second half when Aguero went down after a collision and earned a penalty.

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

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The Manchester City forward seized on team-mate Marcos Rojo's wayward shot, controlling the off-target effort inside the penalty area before sending a fierce shot into the net. He looked best player on the field as the Icelandic defence worked hard to keep Messi quiet.

"There's a certain amount of frustration right now", said Sampaoli.

Messi, 30, added: 'Physically Iceland are very strong, but now we must only think about what is ahead.

The problems, rather, were at the other end of the pitch. Messi curled a shot just wide in the 81st minute, before having another, similar effort blocked in the box three minutes later, but there would be no victor, for Messi or anyone else. There's not much Messi will be able to do about the defense if those mistakes persist.

Argentina looked a disjointed side with a weakish defence at the back.

For Messi's quality, it will be detrimental to judge him by this performance but the multimillion dollar question is: will Messi put today's game behind him and come back roaring in the next games? 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.

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