Jorge Sampaoli names Argentina starting XI for World Cup meeting with Iceland

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Lionel Messi's confidence will nearly certainly have been rocked by his shocking penalty miss during Argentina's 1-1 draw with Iceland on Saturday afternoon.

However, Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Þór Halldórsson turned out to be the country's hero when he saved a Lionel Messi shot with a spectacular dive on the right.

Argentina's forward Lionel Messi runs with the ball during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Argentina and Iceland at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 16, 2018.

Hallgrimsson is adamant that his players enjoy more experience now and are ready to tackle Nigeria, Croatia and Argentina adding that their main target is to progress from the group stage.

"It hurts me to have missed the penalty, because it was the decisive advantage", Messi said after the game.

"And I don't think this should be his last World Cup, not with his skills and the professional way he plays".

Peruvian fans were disconsolate after they outplayed Denmark for large periods, piled the pressure on, but missed a penalty and lost 1-0.

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Lionel Messi said he was responsible for Argentina failing to beat Iceland after he could not convert a penalty in the 1-1 draw which "would have changed everything".

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.

It was a major embarrassment for the two-time world champions and raises questions about their ability to claim football's biggest prize for the first time since 1986.

Sampaoli is confident his troubled side will prove themselves and downplayed "genius" Lionel Messi's threats to quit worldwide football.

Thousands of Iceland fans did their ritual claps and war chants of "Huh!" during the game and after the final whistle with their players.

The draw was no less than Iceland, who are the smallest nation ever to play in a World Cup finals, deserved.

Alfred Finnbogason equalized for Iceland four minutes later. Birkir Bjarnasson dragged wide from a decent position in the first half, while Gylfi Sigurdsson looked lively throughout and had a decent chance just before half time. "I hope he can be better for next match against Croatia".

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