"Oh shit, I'm going to have to defend a penalty kick from Messi"

Hannes Þór Halldórsson celebrates at the end of Saturday's match.

Hannes Þór Halldórsson celebrates at the end of Saturday's match. mbl.is/Eggert Jóhannesson

 "It's a dream come true, it's incredible that this happened," said goalkeeper Hannes Þór Halldórsson speaking to mbl.is following the 1:1 draw against Argentina in Iceland's first match at the World Cup on Saturday. 

"As I've already said we were going to win this match but it's a relief that we gained a point because they've got a fantastic team."

Asked what went through his mind when the referee awarded a penalty kick to Argentina he answered; 

"First I thought, oh shit, I'm going to have to defend a penalty kick from Messi." 

He adds that he had studied Messi's penalty kicks and also looked at how he himself defends penalties. "I had a good chat with some of my team before going to bed and was rewarded by that today."

Lionel Messi taking the penalty kick defended by Hannes Þór …

Lionel Messi taking the penalty kick defended by Hannes Þór Halldórsson. AFP

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