"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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Exchange rates

USD USD 107.23 EUR EUR 124.40
GBP GBP 139.34 DKK DKK 16.69
NOK NOK 12.99 SEK SEK 12.00
CHF CHF 107.00 JPY JPY 0.95
ISK price of selected currencies, according to the official exchange rate of the Central Bank of Iceland. Updated daily.