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‘I missed five penalties and was still Maradona’

November 9, 2019

first_imgArgentina ‘I missed five penalties and was still Maradona’ – Diego comes to Messi’s defence after spot-kick fiasco Daniel Edwards Last updated 1 year ago 07:30 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Lionel Messi Argentina Getty Images Argentina World Cup Argentina v Croatia Croatia The Argentina captain missed a chance to take victory for his nation, but he has the backing of one of the Albiceleste’s heroes Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has leapt to Lionel Messi’s defence after seeing the star err from the penalty spot against Iceland. With Saturday’s World Cup Group D opener poised at 1-1, Messi had the chance to restore Argentina’s advantage when Maxi Meza was shoved in the area. Iceland’s goalkeeper and part-time film director Hannes Halldorsson, however, had other ideas, keeping out the penalty with a strong save to ensure a share of the points.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move But Maradona pointed out that even the best players can make mistakes from 12 yards out – including himself. “I missed five penalties in a row and I was still Diego Armando Maradona,” the 1986 World Cup winner explained to Telesur. “The game and the two points lost by the team are not down to his penalty.”He showed his face and gave everything he had to give. The ‘kid’ did his duty.”Seeing him on the field, he was pretty pissed off. Just like I would have been. It was all him, he always had to shrug two players off and when he did, there was no pass open.” Maradona has focused criticism on coach Jorge Sampaoli, whom he believes should not return to Argentina if the team continues to struggle. But the colourful former Albiceleste boss nevertheless believes that his nation can turn things around – with a bit of help from up above. “Whether you win, lose or draw, it is always 11 players on the pitch. But you have to see how you win, lose and draw,” he added. “We are closer to losing the coming games. We are in big trouble, but we still believe in God and that we can improve. I hope the lads get better.”last_img

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