Lionel Messi couldn’t repeat Cristiano Ronaldo’s feat of opening his World Cup account from the penalty spot, as his effort was saved by Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Haldorsson.
Messi’s Argentina went 1-0 up against England’s Euro 2016 conquerors, as Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero thumped a left-footed strike into the top corner.
However Iceland equalised in the first half as Argentina looked frail at the back, Alfred Finnbogason the man on hand to prod home after some pinball in the penalty area.
Iceland had been on the back foot after the break, though, standing firm as Argentina came forward, and eventually Messi’s side were awarded a spot kick after Horour Magnusson’s clumsy foul at the back post.
Messi stepped up with the chance to probably win the game for his side, but Haldorsson guessed right and saved what was a weak effort.
It leaves rival Ronaldo still well ahead of Messi in the race for the Golden Boot, after his hat-trick in Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Spain last night.