Ice man is spot on to keep out Messi

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - WORLD CUP -

GROUP D: Hard work and home­work were the se­crets to Ice­land’s de­served 1-1 draw against Ar­gentina, goal­keeper Hannes Hall­dors­son re­vealed af­ter his man-of-the-match dis­play at Moscow’s Spar­tak Sta­dium.

The 34-year-old is no stranger to watch­ing film, as he di­rected the video for Ice­land’s 2012 Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test en­try, but his re­cent view­ing has been penal­ties not pop.

Now with Dan­ish side Ran­ders, Hall­dors­son capped his side’s su­per de­fen­sive dis­play against the two-time world cham­pi­ons by div­ing to his right and sav­ing Lionel Messi’s 64thminute spot-kick.

Hall­dors­son said: “I did some home­work be­cause I knew it was a sit­u­a­tion that could come up. Okay, it’s a long shot but it hap­pened.

“I looked at a lot of penal­ties by Messi and I also watched penal­ties I have faced so I could see how I looked to penal­ty­tak­ers. I had a good feel­ing he would go that way.”

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