Diego Maradona reportedly makes racist gesture during Argentina vs Iceland match

Sampaoli denies underestimating Iceland after naming XI

Iceland may be the smallest country to ever qualify for the World Cup, but they proved they can play with the best in the world with a opening draw against Argentina that included a crucial missed penalty kick by Lionel Messi.

The 34-year-old is no stranger to watching film, as he directed the video for Iceland's 2012 Eurovision Song Contest entry, but his recent viewing has been penalties not pop.

And a final free kick by Messy in the 95th minute that could have changed the results and given the Latin American team an edge, was stopped handsome. I think we have a clear identity.

As a cigar-puffing Diego Maradona looked on at Moscow's Spartak Stadium, Messi also failed to respond to his rival Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick for Portugal against Spain a day earlier.

"Obviously it hurts me to have missed the penalty. I had a good feeling he would go that way".

The head of the Palestinian soccer federation, Jibril Rajoub, said that Israel's insistence on holding the match in Jerusalem turned it into a "political tool", and urged Arab and Muslim sports fans to burn photos and T-shirts of star player Lionel Messi if the game went ahead.

However, Heimir Hallgrimsson's side was undeterred by the setback of conceding first.

Despite showing promise going forward, left-back Nicolas Tagliafico was making just his fifth global start and along with the centre-backs, was part of a defence that shipped six goals in a friendly against Spain in March.

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"We deserved more. We didn't find the space in between the lines".

While the result was not on the scale of that Iceland produced to eliminate England at Euro 2016, it was a major boost for the tiny nation, who retain hopes of advancing from a group that also includes Nigeria and Croatia. "For everyone, it is more enjoyable to play this way and achieve something than play in a different way and don't achieve anything".

Their enjoyment was obvious as they celebrated a famous result in their debut at this level. "They scored a goal, they created two chances in the 90 minutes and otherwise they got every player behind the ball, they put the bus in the net, so it's hard when one team don't try. but Portugal try and play football and try to win the game". "They probably would open a little bit more and we could get more space".

Javier Mascherano indicated Iceland's defensive tactics caused problems for Jorge Sampaoli's side.

"Strangely, we had difficulties in buying tickets", he said. And while we don't entirely agree with Argentina's pass everything to Messi gameplay, the country needs him. It might be harsh to give such a low rating after one mistake, but that's the life of the goalkeeper in a match like this one.

The Barcelona superstar started in an attacking three alongside Maxi Meza and Angel Di Maria and behind lone striker Sergio Aguero.

Captain Messi missed a penalty in 1-1 draw in his 125th global against an Iceland side making their tournament debut as the smallest nation ever to reach the finals.

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