Messi Dipermalukan Islandia, Mimpi Buruk Hantui Argentina di Rusia

Messi Humbled by Iceland: Superstar is Latest Victim after Penalty Miss

Editor : Ismail Gani
Translator : Novita Cahyadi


Messi Dipermalukan Islandia, Mimpi Buruk Hantui Argentina di RusiaMessi mengambil jalan pintas yang normal. Semua orang mengharapkan dia untuk mencetak gol (Foto2: MailOnline)

LIONEL Messi berdiri beberapa meter dari bola saat bersiap menjadi eksekutor penalti. Dia menunggu. Di belakangnya, di tribun penonton di sisi lapangan, pendukung Argentina menanti cemas sang pahlawan beraksi.

Di belakang gawang di Stadion Spartak, sebagian besar pendukung mengubah nama Messi, perlahan dan berirama untuk mencerca Messi karena kegagalannya. Tinggi ke kiri, duduk di tribun VIP, Diego Maradona menyaksikan dari balik kacamata hitam. Messi mengambil jalan pintas yang normal. Semua orang mengharapkan dia untuk mencetak gol.

Semua terlanjur terjadi. Messi mencetak 64 gol dalam 124 pertandingan untuk Argentina sebelum pertandingan ini. Namun itu bukan penalti yang bagus dan kiper Islandia, Hannes Halldorsson, menebak dengan benar kemana arah bola. Dia menukik ke kanan dan bola ditendang cukup keras oleh Messi dan berhasil digagalkan oleh kiper Islandia seperti dilansir MailOnline.

LIONEL Messi stood a few yards away from the ball as it lay on the penalty spot. He waited. Behind him, in the stands at the side of the pitch, Argentina fans bowed down theatrically to the living deity. 

Behind the goal at the Spartak Stadium, more fans changed his name, slowly and rhythmically. High to his left, sitting in a VIP box, Diego Maradona watched from behind a garish pair of sunglasses. Messi took his normal short run-up. Everyone expected him to score. 

That goes without saying. Messi had scored 64 goals in 124 games for Argentina before this match. But it was not a good penalty and the Iceland goalkeeper, Hannes Halldorsson, guessed correctly. He dived to his right and the ball was hit just high enough and just low enough for him to parry it away to safety.