World Cup 2018: Maradona Lambasts Coach, Says Argentina Are a ‘Disgrace’

Argentina legend Diego Maradona says the team’s draw with Iceland was a “disgrace” and warned manager Jorge Sampaoli “he can’t come back to Argentina” playing like that.

Lionel Messi missed a penalty as his side were surprisingly held by debutants Iceland in their opening Group D game on Saturday.

Maradona, a former national team coach, watched on at the Spartak Stadium.

Argentina took the lead through Sergio Aguero in the 19th minute but Iceland, playing at their first ever finals, levelled four minutes later through Alfred Finnbogason.

Messi was looking to match the impact his old rival Cristiano Ronaldo has made on the tournament – the Portuguese scored a sensational hat-trick against Spain on Friday night.

But his 63rd-minute spot kick was saved by Hannes Halldorsson and he struggled to break down a well-organised Iceland defence.

Argentina play Croatia in their next game in Saint Petersburg on 21 June.

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