By Petur Hreinsson with Iceland
Icelandic keeper Hannes Halldorsson made a reputation of himself as a proficient movie director earlier than he turned an expert soccer participant on the age of 29 in 2014. Halldorsson now performs for Danish Superliga aspect Randers however pressed pause on his profession behind the digital camera 4-and-a-half years in the past. However, the script he created and directed yesterday in Iceland’s 1-1 draw towards two-time World Cup winners Argentina, is indubitably his finest work, and exhibits that his skills belong in entrance of the cameras.
“To save a penalty in the first game of the World Cup is like a dream scenario. To experience that, I guess you must concede a penalty. Since that happened, I just decided that now it was my turn. I was determined to save it,” Halldorsson, the person of the match, stated after his astonishing efficiency on the Spartak Stadium.
Inside Halldorsson’s thoughts
Having managed to keep away from relegation together with his membership staff in May, Halldorsson dusted off his previous digital camera earlier than the Icelandic staff travelled to Russia and directed a temper-setting Coca-Cola business in Iceland to unite the nation and excite supporters for the nation’s first ever World Cup. The promotional video, that featured his compatriots within the Icelandic nationwide aspect in addition to his former roommate within the staff, Eidur Gudjohnsen, was effectively acquired however it’s his penalty save towards considered one of historical past’s finest gamers, Lionel Messi, that can by no means be forgotten in Icelandic footballing historical past.
It could seem odd however Halldorsson felt good on the objective line ready for Messi to take the penalty, however admits that issues had been fairly surreal. “I did not really believe that this was happening. That this had become reality. But you couldn’t be calm until the referee blew the final whistle, because you want those things to count. It was a big relief when the referee blew the final whistle,” Halldorsson stated.
Halldorsson acquired heat phrases from Icelandic star man Gylfi Sigurdsson who, chatting with FIFA TV, anticipated a save from his keeper.
“I somehow believed that Hannes would save the penalty and got myself into position, if he would get the ball and bang it forward. But of course, this is fantastic for him, fantastic for us, and came at an important moment. It gave the team the extra boost needed, to find some strength to run a little bit more for the last 20 minutes,” Sigurdsson stated.
Right after the penalty save, Iceland’s coach Heimir Hallgrimsson, excessive-fived goalkeeper coach Gudmundur Hreidarsson, as an indication of appreciation for his or her good preparatory work.
“I had prepared. I looked at many penalties converted by Messi. He’s hard to read. He can kick the ball wherever he wants, but I had a strong feeling that he would choose this corner,” Halldorsson stated.