Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli refused to blame Lionel Messi for a "frustrating" draw with World Cup debutants Iceland on Saturday after he missed a penalty, backing his star man to deliver.
It feels like Groundhog Day with Argentina as every World Cup the expectations are raised, there's a feeling they've found the right combination this time, but ultimately it results in the same frustrations and disappointment.
A final free kick by Messi in the 95th minute appropriately sailed into a wall thick with Iceland players.
Argentina were awarded a penalty when Hordur Magnusson bundled over Aguero in the box, but the Messi's poor effort was saved by goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson.
Argentina continued to press but Messi was subdued in the face of the muscular Icelandic defence and the teams went into the break on even terms.
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"He's very fit, well prepared and looking forward to this World Cup and he hopes to be able to achieve his dream", he said. "There was nothing in Argentina's game that surprised us, and we could stop a lot of their threats before they happened".
"It's a dream come true to save a penalty, especially if it helps us get a big point", he added, as Iceland now aim to reach the next round from a group also featuring Croatia and Nigeria.
Despite Argentina failing to convince in Moscow, Hallgrimsson still believes they have the talent to go deep in this World Cup.
"To evaluate and characterize his work is hard", said Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli. "So I tried to get into their mindset, how they would be thinking about me".
The Barcelona man looked furious as he led his team out for the second half but the Argentines still struggled to make the most of their territorial domination. The other two teams in the group are Croatia and Nigeria, both of which are well capable of challenging the other two teams for the group winners' spot.
Argentina were nearly caught off guard straight from the off with Iceland registering their first shot on goal with just seconds on the clock.
"We do not have to go insane, we deserved to win, but we have to improve a lot, now we have to be calm".
The Argentina captain was twice denied by Halldorsson from distance in the first half, but Aguero did find a way to beat the Iceland goalkeeper.