‘Angry’ Lionel Messi slams Iceland after Argentina draw World Cup opener

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 16: Lionel Messi of Argentina looks on during the warm up prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Iceland at Spartak Stadium on June 16, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Lionel Messi has taken aim at Iceland’s style of play after Argentina were held to a frustrating draw in their opening World Cup match. Serio Aguero fired Argentina ahead against Iceland, the smallest nation to ever qualify for a World Cup, but Alfred Finnbogason equalised just four minutes later.

With the score 1-1, Barcelona superstar Messi missed a penalty to allow Iceland to secure a draw in the opening World Cup Group D encounter.

A ‘bitter and angry’ Messi felt Argentina deserved the three points and claimed Iceland did ‘nothing but long throw-ins’. ‘Iceland practically did nothing,’ he said. ‘All they did was defend and attack with nothing but long throw-ins. ‘I think we deserved to win the game, but there are some positives that we can take beyond the result.

‘We leave with a feeling of bitterness and anger. I feel responsible for not being able to take the three points. With the penalty we could have done. ‘We really felt we were in a complicated group and we knew it would be a difficult game.’ Messi, 30, added: ‘Physically Iceland are very strong, but now we must only think about what is ahead.

‘We must rest, prepare well, and not waste any more time thinking about this game.’ Argentina face group leaders Croatia on Thursday evening before taking on Nigeria in their final group match next Tuesday.

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