Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, has admitted he let his teammates down by missing a decisive penalty in their 1-1 Group D match against Iceland on Saturday.
Argentina were awarded a spot-kick after Alfred Finnbogason cancelled out Sergio Aguero’s opener.
Messi stepped up to take it, but his effort was parried away by goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson.
Taking responsibility for the penalty miss, Messi said the team must remain calm and move forward as the competition is still in its early stages.
“If I scored the penalty, it would have changed everything in the game. I take full responsibility for missing it and letting the team down. We have to look forward from here.
“We don’t have to go crazy. The World Cup has just started and we knew it wouldn’t be easy for us. It’s a brawl because we deserved to win, but some things need to improve.
“We were superior. We tried to win but didn’t succeed. It was very painful to miss that penalty,” Messi told reporters.
On their next Group D fixture against Croatia, Messi added: “We are going to beat Croatia. We have to.”