Messi the first to miss a penalty at 2018 World Cup Russia

Diego Maradona

Messi the first to miss a penalty at 2018 World Cup Russia

Lionel Messi assured everyone after the draw with Iceland (1-1) that his team deserved to win and they still had the same desire to win the World Cup.

Wright, in Russian Federation as a pundit for ITV and Fox Sports, took an afternoon off from the day job to watch the Group D opener in Moscow.

Sergio Aguero gave his side a 19th-minute lead, but Iceland equalised less than five minutes later through Alfreð Finnbogason.

Superstar Lionel Messi elected to take the shot from the spot and the match looked poised for a disappointing end for Iceland, but goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson made a great save to deny one of the best footballers on the planet.

For both Barcelona and Argentina, Messi has missed four of the last seven penalties he has taken, and it brings to light a little question, should Messi be taking the penalties?

Lionel Messi's bid for World Cup redemption begins on Saturday when he leads Argentina against tiny Iceland, as fancied France make their bow in Russian Federation targeting a repeat of their 1998 glory. "When the referee went to see the video, I thought it was a penalty".

Messi's missed penalty brought back memories of the shocking miss during the 2016 Copa America final - one that cost Argentina the chance to lift the title.

"Worried? No, I'm angry and it hurts because I missed the penalty". "We have to ignore pressure, otherwise we won't be able to perform as we want to", he said.

Russian Federation is holding its first time ever edition of the FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a spectacular opening show at the Luzhniki Stadium on the night of June 14.

"Strangely, we had difficulties in buying tickets", he said. The US and Canada failed to qualify for the 2018 tournament, but Mexico will have a chance to improve its record.

"We have not lost our hopes despite the draw, we still have the same desire", he said.

The Group D opener between Argentina and Iceland could have been billed as "The Vikings" versus "The King" such had been the focus on leading man Lionel Messi to finally win an global tournament with La Albiceleste.

Croatia face Argentina in their second group game.

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