Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hattrick last night, salvaging a last minute point for his country with a sumptuous free kick and dominating the headlines all across the globe.
It was only expected that with Messi playing today, all eyes would be on him to see his response to his arch rival’s world class performance and to say he disappointed would be an understatement.
Messi and Argentina huffed and puffed but in the end could not beat a determined Iceland side, who held out to draw 1-1.
Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero put Argentina ahead in the 19th minute with a wonder goal, smashing a drive with his weaker left foot past Iceland’s in-form goalie Hannes Halldórsson.
Finnbogason didn’t take long to bring to bring the Icelanders level, poking in a rebound after Argentina’s goalie spilled the ball.
Argentina dominated the rest of the game and created numerous opportunities but neither Messi nor the rest of their array of attacking talent could break down the plucky European side.
It all came to a head when Argentina received a penalty 25 minutes from time, but Messi’s kick was smartly saved by man of the match Halldórsson