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FIFAWC 2018: Iceland GoalKeeper Denies Messi’s Penalty, Tie Ended 1-1

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Iceland Goalkeeper, Hannes Halldorsson denied Lionel Messi’s 64th minutes penalty chance.

Hannes Halldorsson saving Lionel Messi’s penalty

The goalkeeper made six saves, including one on a second-half penalty kick in the match.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw, but it sure felt like a win for Iceland, which was outshot 27-8 and watched Argentina possess the ball for nearly 80 percent of the match.

Sergio Aguero opened the scoring for La Albiceleste with a rocket in the 19th minute, but Alfred Finnbogason answered with Iceland’s first-ever World Cup goal four minutes later.

From there, Halldorsson was the story when he dove to his right to bat away a penalty kick by Messi in the 64th minute and didn’t crack as Argentina continued to apply pressure for the remainder of the game.

Messi, who has missed five of his last 10 penalty kicks, finished with 10 shots in Saturday’s draw, which ended Argentina’s six-game winning streak in World Cup openers.

The second game of the group will be between Croatia versus Nigeria later tonight by 8:00pm in our local time.

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