Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson has been named man of the match for his outstanding performance in his side’s Russia 2018 World Cup 1-1 draw with Argentina on Saturday.
Halldorsson made several saves during the match and saved a penalty from Lionel Messi that would have given Argentina the lead.
The Randers FC of Denmark keeper, 34, who was the excellent last man in a very organised defence, gave an insight into his preparation for the penalty.
“It’s a dream come true for me to have saved that penalty, especially as it helped us gain a point that could be very important for us in trying to qualify from this group,” Halldorsson said in his post-match interview.
” I did a lot of homework, watching a lot of penalties from Messi. And I also looked back at some of the penalties I had faced and what he might be expecting from me. “I had a good feeling he would put it that way.”
Iceland’s next Group D next match against Nigeria on 22 June.