Comrade of the Day: Matchday THREE

17 June 2018, 13:51
Life After Football

What did you do this weekend?

Saw some friends, maybe? Did some DIY? Went shopping? We're sure whatever you did it was a nice weekend... but did you save Lionel Messi's penalty, though?

Hannes Halldorsson did and this, along with a sturdy display elsewhere in his native Iceland's first ever World Cup game, is why he is our star performer of Matchday 3. 

All eyes were on Messi - as if they aren't always - thanks to a frankly ridiculous hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo less than 24 hours before Argentina and Iceland kicked off. So, with the scores locked at 1-1 and a penalty awarded, it was time for the Barcelona legend to step up to the plate and announce himself at the 2018 World Cup. But Halldorsson had other ideas.

Predicting the direction of the penalty, he dived to his right and swatted the strike away. It was a momentum symbolic of the game as Messi found out that his luck wasn't in. Strike after strike went wide, narrowly missing the target or finding nothing but the trusty gloves of this Icelandic shot-stopper§.

For he and Iceland, it was a historic day. A movie-like match for the man who is actually a filmmaker alongside his goalkeeping career. It was a World Cup debut, a first meeting with Argentina, a first World Cup goal and a first World Cup point earned from the 1-1 draw. And, despite the incredible togetherness of this Iceland side with their compact defending and evident team spirit, it is their goalkeeper who is our Comrade of the Day.