Birkir Bjarnason and Hordur Magnusson hold Lionel Messi and Argentina

Sampaoli denies underestimating Iceland after naming XI

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi seem to be perpetually in each other's orbits, destined to be compared, contrasted and teased apart to the point that their unquestioned brilliance is nearly an afterthought.

Yesterday Cristiano Ronaldo wowed critics with a hat trick performance against Spain, with the game all but under wraps, his third goal coming in the 88th minute to secure the draw.

Lionel Messi called for calm and said there is no need for Argentina to go "crazy", despite failing to beat Iceland at the World Cup, partly thanks to his "painful" penalty miss. Both teams jockeyed for possessions, until halftime presided with both teams looking ahead carte blanche.

Tiny Iceland's tenacious defence frustrated mighty Argentina and earned a 1-1 draw in Moscow on Saturday that will be celebrated much more vigorously in Reykjavik than in Buenos Aires.

That second half spot-kick was one of a record 11 shots from the Argentine skipper against Iceland keeper Hannes Halldorsson, a clear man of the match. Iceland were content to play on the counter.

Having managed to avoid relegation with his club team in May, Halldorsson dusted off his old camera before the Icelandic team travelled to Russian Federation and directed a mood-setting Coca-Cola commercial in Iceland to unite the nation and excite supporters for the country's first ever World Cup.

Another memorable moment from the match came when Lionel Messi found himself an opportunity to score from the spot and put his team in the lead in the 64th minute.

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Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli dismissed Messi's penalty set-back as a "statistic" and praised his attitude in a hard game. Ronaldo has that elusive worldwide title to his name, having recovered from that game against Iceland, as well as hitting the post with a penalty against Austria, to lead Portugal to the Euro 2016 crown, scoring three goals on the way.

- This was Iceland's first World Cup game - Senegal were the last side to win on their debut in the competition (vs France in 2002), while Croatia were the last European side to do so (vs Jamaica in 1998).

There has been too little love between Messi and the World Cup in his three previous tournaments. And what ended as a draw felt more like a victory for Iceland - and there is just more than one reason why everyone is cheering for the new football team.

Organised, efficient, and daring when needed, as the first half performance against Argentina in Russian Federation and the second half performance in France showed.

Argentina, making their 17th appearance at the World Cup will entertain an Iceland nation who will also be making history as the smallest nation ever to play at a World Cup.

Argentina will next play Croatia on Thursday in Nizhny Novgorod, while Iceland plays Nigeria on Friday in Volgograd. Right in the centre of the spotlight was none other than Lionel Messi who failed to convert a penalty in the second half of the match. 'All they did was defend and attack with nothing but long throw-ins. Sharpening up that aspect of their game will make them even more of a danger as the tournament progresses. But they were massively outnumbered in the 45,000-capacity stadium by Argentina fans, and Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson did not understand why.

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