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Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has defender Lionel Messi's display against Iceland

Posted: 17 June 2018 Time: 10:00

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli leaped to the defence of captain Lionel Messi, following his performance against Iceland.

The 2014 World Cup runners-up failed to secure maximum points against Iceland as they drew 1-1 on Saturday, with Lionel Messi missing from the penalty spot in the second half.

READ: Impressive Iceland hold Argentina in World Cup

Despite the penalty miss, Sampaoli felt it was an uncomfortable match for the Barca star.

“To evaluate and characterise [Messi's] work is difficult because it was an uncomfortable match,” Sampaoli said, according to the Independent.

“Iceland was playing very defensively, blocking all possible spaces but we did everything we could for Argentina to win, above and beyond analysing the performance of every single player.

"I know Leo is very much committed to Argentina moving forward."

Article by: Staff Reporter
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