Messi is not Maradona, says Crespo

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Argentine superstar Lionel Messi said he regretted having squandered a second-half penalty try that could have led his team to victory over Iceland in Group D action Saturday at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Given the Argentina captain's unspectacular record from the spot, some supporters expected Sergio Aguero, who opened the scoring, to take the penalty but Messi pulled rank.

But Nigeria lost 2-0 to Croatia in their Group D opening game on Saturday.

Diego Maradona has sent an ominous warning to Jorge Sampaoli following Argentina's disappointing draw with Iceland. "His gameplan was a disgrace".

Maradona, who watched from the stands as Lionel Messi messed up a penaly chance and a free-kick, said Sampaoli should look for a new country to call home if his team kept playing like that.

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They also gathered around the city's main cathedral, playing music and bringing a touch of the South American party spirit. Right-back Henrik Dalsgaard is set to become the first player under contract at Brentford to feature at a World Cup .

"It was extraordinary to see Argentina without any answers, keeping their heads down, struggling to play accurate passes or one-twos", he added. "Instead of making short passes, we continued to cross high balls knowing that the Icelanders are 1.90 m tall".

"We were disciplined, we were well-deployed and we deservedly won".

"I don't blame the players". Lack of preparation is the only thing to blame for the result. France are of course the heavy favourites here, your strength and depth is incredible if you can leave played like Alexandre Lacazette, Anthony Martial and Adrien Rabiot out of the 23-man squad. The victors face Argentina next in what is a must-win clash on Thursday evening, while Nigeria look to get points on the board against Iceland on Friday afternoon.

"Messi was their only outlet". Their counter-attacks and pace are a beauty to behold. His most recent World Cup goal was in the same game when he scored a minute into stoppage time to close the first half.