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Lionel Messi fluffs his lines as Argentina limp into World Cup 2018

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At that moment, commentators from around the world marked the moment with poetic remarks, but one commentator has received a lot more attention than he will have expected.

Heimir Hallgrimsson has defended Iceland's surprise qualification for the World Cup.

Messi's Argentina were held to a surprise 1-1 draw against Iceland.

The round of 16 could be beckoning.

We've got our top talent on hand from England, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Australia and Africa - many of whom will be based out in Russian Federation for the tournament - to analyse each and every one of the 64 matches. Spoken like a veteran. I think his skills and professionalism mean he can play until he wants to. "We won our group in the qualifiers and we deserve to be here", he added.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman suggested Saturday that soccer soccer star Lionel Messi missed a crucial World Cup penalty because of Argentina's last minute withdrawal from a warm up game with Israel. Iceland had done so well that 1-1 was effectively a win.

Croatia has three points after a 2-0 win over Nigeria, but they weren't convincing at all.

"He can carry the team on his shoulders", Sampaoli said of the player who scored 45 goals in 54 games for Barcelona this season.

And they don't just dig into the trenches, either.

Finnbogason had made a hash of a header seconds earlier but Argentina failed to clear and Willy Caballero could only palm Hordur Magnusson's shot into the path of the striker, who gleefully turned it home.

"Maybe we needed to be more creative in the first half". Because the pool of players is so small, Iceland doesn't chop and change its squads as much as countries with more abundant talent, where competition for places is fiercer.

"We kept Ronaldo quite quiet so hopefully we can do the same against Messi", said Burnley winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

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

"That's how we go into it mentally, but we know Iceland could have the best game of their lives but lose to Argentina, that is just the reality".

Not because the 33-year-old seasoned football pro needs the money, but because the monotony of factory work, the graft, the need to cover his neat hair with an unsightly net all helped keep him real.

Slovakia in 2010 was the last first-time World Cup team to make it to the knockout stage of the tournament and Iceland believes it can make a run, as well.

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