Emi Martinez Makes Argentina’s Position In Copa America 2024 SF

Argentina makes their position in the Copa America 2024 semifinal after beating Ecuador on penalties by 4-2, following a 1-1 draw. although Lisandro Martinez claimed the man of the match, Emi Martinez ultimately helped the world champions to advance to the semi-final round.

Argentina starts the match perfectly after Lisandro Martinez gives the lead to Argentina in the 35th of the game. Messi provided a perfect inswing delivery in the box. Alexis Mac Allister headed the ball and found Lisandro Martinez free, who headed the ball from the left side of the six-yard Box. In first half ended 1-0 for Argentina.

However, Ecuador had a chance to come back in the 62nd minute of the game, after Rodrygo De Paul conceded a penalty for Argentina with a handball in the penalty area. But Ecuador Captain Enner Valencia missed the penalty after hitting the ball in the left post.

But finally, Felix Sanchez’s men fought back in the game when John Yeboah cross-headed the ball into the net by Kevin Rodriguez in the first minute of the injury time. In the 97th minute, Ecuador had the chance to seal the match but failed to do so, after Jordy Caicedo’s free header from the center of the box went wide. The match advanced to Penalty kicks.

Messi started the penalty kicks for Argentina, tried a panenka, and hit the crossbar. So, Ecuador had the chance to take the lead in the penalty kicks but Angel Mena’s left-footed shot was saved by Emi Martinez. Manchester City forward Julian Alvarez took the second penalty for the world champions and gave them the lead in the penalty Kicks. Ecuador failed to equalize after Emi Martinez denied Alan Minda’s attempt. For the rest of the shootouts, both teams scored. Otamendi took the final penalty for Argentina, scored, and secured the world champion position in the semifinal of Copa America 2024.

Emi Martinez’s brilliant performance

Enzo Martinez continues his brilliant performance at the international level. The Argentinian number one gave his best performance when required. Martinez has the 50% penalty save success with Argentina. The Aston Villa man faced 24 penalties, and saved nine, while 3 of them were off target. After the game, Martinez said,

“I wasn’t ready to go home, This team deserved to advance. They complicated us a lot. They played a great match, very physical. We knew they were one of the top rivals in Copa América.”

While Ecuador’s head coach praised his team’s performance and said,

“The quarter-finals had us playing against the most difficult opponent, and I thought we delivered well. We showed this team can compete against any opponent.”

Argentina’s Next Fixture at Copa America 2024

Venezuela will take off against Canada in the second quarter-final match on July 6th. So, Lionel Scaloni’s men will face any of these two teams on July 10th.

Reports as per, The Guardian

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