Ice man is spot on to keep out Messi
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.”