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Messi misses penalty during Argentina World Cup clash with Iceland

Moscow: Lionel Messi missed a penalty as World Cup newcomers Iceland marked their debut in style with a famous 1-1 draw at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium on Saturday. Despite his outrageous goal record, Messi is not the best from the penalty spot.

Hannes Halldorsson of Iceland saves Lionel Messi’s penalty during the 1-1 draw in Moscow.

It was the fourth penalty Messi has missed out of his last seven attempts for club and country and his fifth out of the last ten.

In fact, over his career Messi has missed 24 of his 103 penalties, that’s a record of only 76.69 per cent.

Rival Cristiano Ronaldo is more reliable from the spot, scoring 82.72 per cent of his efforts (88 scored from 106) – he’s also hit six in a row, including the one against Spain on Friday night.

Argentina legend Diego Maradona was watching the game from the stands and did not look impressed after the miss.

The 57-year-old could be seen rubbing his face in frustration after the 64th minute miss.

Social media were quick to compare Messi’s failure with Cristiano Ronaldo’s brilliance on Friday night – as the debate over who is better went into overdrive.

After Birkir Bjarnason missed an early chance to put Iceland ahead, Sergio Aguero scored his first World Cup goal to put Argentina in front. However, the floodgates did not open as Alfred Finnbogason levelled inside four minutes.

With the score locked at 1-1, Argentina talisman Messi had a penalty saved. It was relief for Iceland defender Hordur Magnusson, whose clumsy challenge saw Iceland concede the spot-kick. Goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson threw himself to his right to deny the diminutive Barcelona forward, despite Messi getting a great deal of power onto the strike.


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