Messi calls for calm after 'painful' Argentina penalty miss

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"We will try to pass this quickly".

"Luckily for us the system was there", Griezmann said.

"Are you Cristiano Ronaldo's uncle?"

The situation certainly isn't helped by the teammates around him who, although not exactly poor, are no Barcelona.

"This result doesn't have to weigh on us looking forward".

But it feels like we need to shed a bit more light on Saevarsson, who works a normal job in a salt-packing factory in capital Reykjavik alongside playing for semi-professional club Valur in his native country.

But it is not just the number and varying quality of penalties astonishing fans at this World Cup: the new Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system has ramped controversy up to a whole new level.

The day's action also pits another scrappy underdog against one of the favourites in Group C when Australia play France. Messi had to score a hat-trick for them just to qualify for the tournament.

Ronaldo looked like a man possessed Friday night, a man obsessed with taking a point off Spain.

It was the crowning moment in a haggard display from Messi, who blasted a late free-kick into the wall as he failed to replicate the heroics of Ronaldo in a 1-1 draw. One wonders if he ever truly returned.

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The Barcelona maestro was not born when the "Albiceleste" last tasted success in 1986 and, at nearly 31, knows that time is running out.

Go Iceland! In a sport of excess, the fiery volcanic island of 350,000 people is keeping its feet firmly on the ground. The World Cup debutants might not advance from the Group of Death.

Their honest approach has them among the most organized sides at this tournament.

Peru's players besieged the Denmark goal in search of an equaliser but a combination of some great goalkeeping by Kasper Schmeichel, heroic defending and wayward finishing condemned them to defeat. "But, yes, we must do better, and we can do better", he said. "We want to enjoy every match, we want our opponents to be under pressure".

The star and his Argentina team kicked off their World Cup against Iceland at the Spartak Stadium on Saturday, June 16.

Sampaoli said that Argentina started slowly and wasted too much time passing the ball around innocuously in midfield - although he may have played a part in that by fielding two defensive players, Javier Mascherano and Lucas Biglia, in front of the defence.

But what makes Iceland hard to beat isn't just its tactical schemes, it's that the Nordic nation has the ability to stay locked in and mistake-free for entire games.

Last evening, it was not the title but surely cost Argentina the match.

"I had done some homework and knew this was a situation that could come up", he said.

I have no doubt that a goal from the penalty kick would have changed everything.

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