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Twitter reacts as Lionel Messi misses from the spot against Iceland

19 June 2018

"When you lose a match it is something we don't like but we recognise that Croatia had the better team tonight and my young players made some mistakes", said Rohr.

In the team's first training session since a disappointing 1-1 draw against Iceland, Sampaoli tried a different tactical approach on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time), with an eye toward the clash against Croatia on Thursday.

"We may have problems in the next games because the Nigerians are well-experienced, they know how to counterattack and they know how to score".

It was a clear sign of intent from a player who is dreaming of adding a World Cup winner's medal to his vast collection of honours with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Portugal. "I hope he can be better for next match against Croatia".

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"Argentina will be a different and hard match and we have to be well prepared", Dalic said at the press conference, broadcast via FIFA TV on YouTube.

Argentina face Croatia on June 21, before taking on Nigeria five days later, on June 26. The first game against Croatia has been lost, but we're not out yet. "We are full of self-belief and ready to show some good football".

The only time these two sides have faced off at the World Cup was at France 1998, with Argentina winning 1-0 in the group stage, thanks to a goal from defender Mauricio Pineda. "Probably even in Superman, even in super players, they are humans, they have feelings and I think the penalty [miss] affected him".

"The circumstances around the missed penalty and that led to Leo's mistake, that's just another statistic, it's part of the past... football is like that". "There was some luck there, but we earned our luck". With what he said after the Iceland match and the fact he took the blame, you can expect a more engaged and eager club.

Twitter reacts as Lionel Messi misses from the spot against Iceland