Superstar Lionel Messi cost Argentina some crucial points when he missed a penalty against Iceland in their 2018 FIFA World Cup clash on Saturday, and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has now given his take on the matter.
Sergio Aguero’s 19th-minute strike was cancelled out when Alfred Finnbogason scored an equaliser for Iceland five minutes later, much to the frustration of Albiceleste coach Jorge Sampaoli.
Messi had a chance to put Argentina ahead in the 63rd minute from the penalty spot following a foul inside the box, but the 30-year-old fluffed his lines.
Mourinho has since given his opinion on the spot-kick miss, saying that even the best players can experience these unfortunate moments.
"When you miss a penalty at the World Cup, in a moment where your team needs a goal, I'm sure it affects you," he said, according to Sport.
"Even the superheroes, the super players are human. They have feelings and that penalty affected him.
"When you try to beat one man, then two, later three… it was very difficult for him."
Messi and Argentina will play against Croatia in their second game of the tournament on Thursday, and a win will be incredibly vital for Sampaoli's side.
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