Copa America

Emiliano Martínez to the rescue for Argentina after Lionel Messi Copa America penalty miss`

Argentina’s Emiliano Martínez came to Lionel Messi’s rescue again, saving the team from a potential loss after Messi missed a penalty in a 1-1 draw with Ecuador. Thanks to Martínez’s heroics in the shootout, Argentina advanced in the Copa America quarter-finals.

In the early hours of Friday morning, Argentina faced a tough challenge. Messi, the Barcelona legend, saw his penalty saved, but Martínez made two incredible saves, helping Argentina win 4-2 on penalties.

Manchester United defender Lisandro Martínez had given Argentina the lead with his first international goal in the first half. However, a late equalizer from Ecuador’s Kevin Rodriguez sent the match to a shootout.

With the score tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes, Messi missed his spot-kick, continuing his recent penalty troubles. But Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martínez stepped up, saving Angel Mena’s shot and securing the victory for Argentina.

Martínez has earned praise for his consistent performances in major tournaments, including the 2021 Copa America, the 2022 World Cup, and now the 2024 Copa America. Fans have called him “the most clutch goalkeeper in the world.”

Martínez’s ability to psych out opponents during penalties has made him a formidable opponent. One supporter noted, “He will get into your head, catch your penalty, and laugh at you.”

With Martínez as their goalkeeper, Messi and the Argentina team are relieved and ready to move forward to the semi-finals, aiming to defend their Copa America title.

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