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‘Lionel Messi is human’ - Sergio Aguero supports Argentina star after penalty miss

Argentina’s opening match at FIFA World Cup 2018 ended in a 1-1 draw in Moscow after Hannes Halldorsson saved Lionel Messi’s spot kick in Saturday’s Group D meeting.

football Updated: Jun 16, 2018 23:50 IST
FIFA World Cup 2018,Lionel Messi,Hannes Thor Halldorsson
Lionel Messi fluffed his World Cup lines on Saturday, missing a penalty as Iceland held Argentina to a 1-1 draw in their FIFA World Cup 2018 encounter on Saturday.(AFP)

Striker Sergio Aguero was quick to jump to Lionel Messi’s defence after his penalty miss costArgentina the chance to make a winning start to the World Cup.

Aguero opened the scoring in Argentina’s Group D 1-1 draw against Iceland in Moscow on Saturday beforeAlfred Finnbogason hit back with Iceland’s first World Cup goal.

It was also Aguero’s maiden strike at the tournament,but Argentina could not claim all three points, Messi seeing a second-half penalty saved byHannes Thor Halldorsson.

READ | Lionel Messi misses penalty as Hannes Haldorsson turns saviour for Iceland

Messihad 11 shots without scoring - setting a new Argentina record for the World Cup - and was dejected at the final whistle.

A Messihat-trick in a qualifier against Ecuador booked Argentina’s place at Russia 2018 andAguero offered his support to his fellow forward.

“Leo is normal, heis human,” the Manchester City striker toldTyC Sports.

“Today we have to be with him, we know that at any moment he can define a match.

“The first match is always difficult.Argentina want to win against everyone.

“I hope that the Croatia game can be better.”

Javier Mascherano indicated Iceland’s defensive tactics caused problems for Jorge Sampaoli’s side.

“It’s not the best feeling,” Argentina’s record appearance holder said.

“We wanted to win, we tried everythingand we could not.It’s never easy to play the first game, but you have to keep going.

“This is just beginning, it’s not allowed to fall, but it has not been our day.

“We knew of the difficulty with a rival who defends with people back, very close.

“We made it all uphill, we thank the fans and we ask them to continue supporting us. we are going to need them.”

First Published: Jun 16, 2018 23:49 IST