Emiliano Martinez: Penalties, controversy and World Cup success | Barry Glendinning

aOnly Aurelién Tchouaméni knows for sure if Emiliano Martínez got it in his head. With France on the back foot after the Argentina goalkeeper saved from Kingsley Coman, it was the 22-year-old midfielder’s turn in a penalty shootout to decide the World Cup winners.

Alone with his thoughts, Tshwamini made a long run from the center of the circle while Martinez stood waiting, ball in hand as he lashed out at the crowd behind the goal in a frenzy. Instead of handing the ball to Chomeni, he tossed it to one side, forcing the youngster to make an unwanted turn as he reached the penalty area. It’s like saying, “I’m talking here but you have to take one.”

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Chomini’s penalty was weak, drawn wide to leave France needing a snooker, which they would not get. In the spirit of the unfair play before it, Martinez capitalized on his opponent’s obvious pain with a festive sashay across his six-yard box, rolling his shoulders in an exaggerated manner reminiscent of the famous Harry Enfield sketch that bested ferocious teen Kevin in. Perry’s boyfriend returns from Manchester having transformed into a miniature Liam Gallagher.

Winning the World Cup at last, the man they call “Debo” later stirred up further controversy with his lewd celebration that included the aesthetically hideous Golden Glove award and his crotch, while standing shoulder to shoulder with a Qatari figure who was deeply disappointed. Martínez was clearly playing the show for yuks, but with the visual metaphors of this tarnished heroism gone, one could argue he couldn’t have been more inappropriately appropriate.

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The Argentina goalkeeper has no shortage of precedents on the field of play and could be seen on Sunday even before trying to mess with Tchuameni’s mind. As first Kylian Mbappe and then Koeman placed the ball for their kicks, Martinez brazenly tried to disrupt their preparations with the insistence of the referee, Simone Marciniak, on making sure every one of them was spot on.

Last year, during his team’s semi-final penalty shootout against Colombia in the Copa América, a tournament that Argentina would go on to win, Martinez subjected every penalty taker to a barrage of trash talk, a kind of taunting that played a part in it all too well. almost certain. Three Colombians are missing.

Emiliano Martinez carries the World Cup trophy alongside Geronimo Rulli off the field after Sunday's match.
Emiliano Martinez carries the World Cup alongside Geronimo Rolli off the field. Photo: Michael Regan/Viva/Getty Images

Two months later, Martínez played a crucial role in helping Aston Villa secure a rare win over Manchester United at Old Trafford, repeatedly begging Cristiano Ronaldo to take a penalty awarded to the hosts in extra time as the designated penalty taker. Bruno Fernandes, had to stand and wait. It was Fernandes, not Ronaldo, who sent the ball high over the crossbar, which led to Martinez doing a flamboyant dance in front of the Stretford End.

After Argentina’s penalty shoot-out victory over the Netherlands in the World Cup quarter-finals, Martinez was at it again, celebrating wildly in front of his fans after making saves from Steven Burgess and giving Louis van Gaal and the referee both barrels in a post-match interview. Somehow it didn’t earn him a ban in the semi-finals.

Despite Martínez’s gaming savvy, it did not go unnoticed that Tchoameni could have avoided any potential doom if his goalkeeper and captain, Hugo Lloris, recovered the ball after each Argentina penalty and handed it to any of his teammates next.

Although Martinez’s subsequent attempt to hold off Randall Kolo Mwani earned him a booking, the yellow card was issued too late, long after the psychological damage had been done. Kolo Muani, despite scoring, would end up being the last losing side to take the penalty. “I did what I dreamed of,” Martinez said of the penalty shoot-out feint. “There can’t be a World Cup I dreamed of like this. I was calm during the penalty kicks.”

One man’s dream and another nation’s nightmare. It will be interesting to see if football’s legislators crack down on the kind of shenanigans with which the name “Martinez” has in recent years become synonymous with. While his antics during these decisions may not be to everyone’s taste, it is worth noting that we witnessed them on Sunday only because of his brilliant save from Kolo Mwani in the last minute of extra time. While he is undoubtedly a massive player, the Argentine goalkeeper can certainly play.


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