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Maradona: Sampaoli's game plan against Iceland was a disgrace

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Speaking with TheCable, the Stoke City player said, "I wasn't disappointed".

After surviving that scare, the thousands of Argentina fans who packed out the Spartak Stadium were dancing in the Moscow sunshine when Sergio Aguero put them ahead with a superb strike after 19 minutes. Messi placed his shot to the right of Hannes Halldorsson, but the Iceland goalkeeper dived and got two hands behind the ball.

"They were defending, their only chances to score were from a set piece or looking for the second play".

"Messi misses a penalty and somehow, somewhere, I think Ronaldo may be winking", tweeted former Barcelona and England forward Gary Lineker.

Argentina legend Diego Maradona says the team's draw with Iceland was a "disgrace" and warned manager Jorge Sampaoli "he can't come back to Argentina" playing like that.

"Leo showed he's human".

"I hope the pressure that you mention will not be an obstacle".

Defender Javier Mascherano added: "We have to move on". They used a lot of people to defend and it wasn't our best day. They must try to slow them down and utilize the few chances they have in the game. Find us on Facebook too! It's a very competitive group. "Corners and penalties are part of football", he said.

"But this win will boost our confidence and as we go along, we will raise our game - but to get three points against them will be tough".

The Croats have only ever faced one other African qualifier at the finals, beating Cameroon 4-0 in the group stage of the last World Cup. His first game in the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation is against Iceland on Saturday, June 16 at 9 a.m. ET.

"Argentina will be a different and hard match and we have to be well prepared", Dalic said at the press conference, broadcast via FIFA TV on YouTube.

Gernot Rohr's team produced pacey, energetic performances throughout qualifying but they have been unable to carry their impressive form over to subsequent global friendlies against higher-calibre opposition. "I guess our game plan worked nearly perfectly".

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