Maradona warns Argentina coach after horror start: 'He can't come back home'

Sherman Parsons
June 18, 2018

Sergio Aguero opened the scoring for La Albiceleste in the 19th minute, and it looked like the Argentines would take control of proceedings as Iceland were pinned back in their own half.

But if Argentina themselves are embarrassed by such attention on their finest ever player, they will be also be red-faced by their stumbling stalemate with Iceland in their group opener today.

After Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain on Friday, all eyes were on Messi to respond but he was generally kept at arm's length by the rugged but controlled Iceland defenders.

Ronaldo had only four shots during that Group C classic but scored with all three efforts that were on target, a flawless late free-kick following an early penalty and a shot that squirmed away from David de Gea.

BBC reporter Jacqui Oatley had tweeted that the World Cup victor had made a "slit eyes" gesture toward South Korean fans at Argentina's match against Iceland at Spartak Stadium.

Maradona, who watched from the stands as Lionel Messi messed up a penaly chance and a free-kick, said Sampaoli should look for a new country to call home if his team kept playing like that.

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It was another extraordinary result in the history of Iceland, who famously dumped England out of Euro 2016.

The Group C match in Kazan was goalless when Antoine Griezmann went down after a tackle in the second half. MESSI spoke about his penalty kick and more. It was the fifth penalty awarded in four World Cup matches on Saturday.

"People say we celebrate when we won a point", he said. To experience that, I guess you must concede a penalty.

It wasn't the best start to the 2018 World Cup for Argentina.

A win for either Nigeria or Croatia, will ensure early leadership of the group.

"We played against a team that was well structured. This will lift us to continue our journey", Real Madrid midfielder Modric said at a post-match press conference. "I can't see where all the Argentinians bought their tickets".

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