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Commentary: Messi missing signature moment

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SAO PAULO — The World Cup can only hope that Lionel Messi is leaving his best for last.

In the most important World Cup match to date in his epoch-shaping career, football’s superstar was neither super nor a star. The four-time world player of the year was a bystander, not a decisive protagonist, for large chunks of Wednesday’s semifinal, his first on football’s biggest stage.

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