Doha: Lionel Messi’s penalty was saved with one hand by Wojciech Szwaczynski by diving to his left. Szczesny saves the second penalty in Qatar.
He became the third goalkeeper to save two penalties in one edition of the World Cup after Brad Friedel (2002 for USA) and Jan Tomaszewski (1974 for Poland). Messi has wasted a total of 31 penalties in his career. He is also the second player to miss two penalties in the World Cup. Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan missed two penalties at the World Cup.
Messi’s first penalty miss was in a friendly against Germany. Messi also missed a penalty in the last World Cup. Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldösson blocked Messi’s kick. Messi’s penalty against Real Madrid in the Champions League was wasted. This was his only penalty defeat at Paris Saint-Germain. Messi’s kick was blocked by Thibaut Courtois. Messi had the opportunity to play in seven penalty kicks for Argentina.