Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has defended captain Lionel Messi after the player considered by many to be the greatest in the world missed from the penalty spot.
The Argentine captain had a chance to his team ahead when his side was awarded a penalty during their game with Iceland in the on-going World Cup but failed to push the ball into the net.
Speaking to FIFA TV after the game, the Argentine coach said “to evaluate and characterise Messi’s work is difficult because it was an uncomfortable match”.
“It was an awkward game because Iceland played in their own half, blocking Messi’s outlets. He (Messi) kept looking and he wanted Argentina to win.
"I’m very happy because I know that Leo’s commitment to getting us into the next round is still there” he added.
Argentina’s next game is against Croatia and Messi is expected to bounce back and lead his team to victory.
Source: Paul Yemoh/L-300D