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FIFA World Cup 2018: Lionel Messi gets roasted on Twitter for penalty miss

Lionel Messi missed a penalty against Iceland as the World Cup debutants held the two-time champions to a 1-1 draw and the superstar’s poor show comes a day after his rival Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick.

football Updated: Jun 17, 2018 07:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Lionel Messi missed a penalty as Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland in the FIFA World Cup 2018.(AFP)

When Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for Portugal in the game against Spain, the world’s attention turned to his rival, Lionel Messi in Argentina’s clash against Iceland. However, Messi’s penalty kick was saved by the Iceland keeper and he missed several shots on goal as Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by the World Cup debutants, who had earlier put on a great show in Euro 2016.

Messi’s missed penalty to keeper Hannes Halldorsson, who works as a film director back home, was the major talking point on social media. There was a bit of sympathy but plenty of criticism for Messi, who will now be under pressure to ensure Argentina enter the round of 16.

Social media also pointed out Messi’s poor conversion rate when it comes to penalties. Messi’s penalty conversion record has been quite disappointing in the recent past and the most heartbreaking of his misses came in the Copa America 2016 final against Chile. The Argentine talisman has scored just thrice from his last seven penalties.

France win VAR vs Australia

The Video Assistant Referee system was used for the first time in World Cup history on Saturday, when France were awarded a penalty against Australia in Kazan. Antoine Griezmann went down after a tackle in the penalty box in the second half of the Group C fixture.

Referee Andres Cunha from Uruguay did not award a spot-kick but after viewing the VAR footage, ruled it was a penalty and Griezmann gave France a 1-0 lead. Despite Australia drawing level, France secured a 2-1 win. There was also criticism for Samuel Umtiti, where fans criticized the decision to not book the French centre-back for a crazy hand-ball. Here are some of the reactions.

First Published: Jun 17, 2018 07:42 IST