Sunday, November 28

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United hit by the antics of Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez



It’s safe to say that Cristiano Ronaldo will not forget the name of goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez. Neither are Manchester United fans.

In the last instance of mastery in the game of the Argentine, which pushes the limits of sportsmanship, “dra “Martinez returned to play mind games on a penalty. It paid off for him and his team after Aston Villa upset Manchester United in a 1-0 away win.

Aston Villa was defending their one-goal lead with just a couple of minutes left in the match when the referee awarded Manchester United a penalty and a chance for the Red Devils to save face.

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When Martinez saw Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes pick up the ball to take the penalty instead of Ronaldo, Martinez quickly pleaded with Ronaldo to take the penalty instead, all within earshot of Fernandes. Here is the video with clues:

Did the sequence reach the head of Fernandes? It’s hard not to think about it after he completely missed the goal, dodging the ball over the crossbar. It was as bad a failure as you will see on a professional soccer field at that level.

After Fernandes’ penalty missed, Martinez addressed the Old Trafford crowd for a little hip action at their celebratory dance:

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer complained about the way the Aston Villa players handled themselves on penalty: “First of all, the way they move around the penalty spot, around Bruno and everything. That is not to my liking, but I understand it. It shouldn’t be like that.

“Bruno is normally very good in those positions and unfortunately he missed this one. He doesn’t think of it, he’s strong mentally and will take a step forward again,” Solskjaer continued. “Today you would back Bruno with your mortgage. What I didn’t like was the way they packed the penalty spot. It clearly worked for them, but that’s not a good thing to see. They got what they wanted.”

It was the 23rd penalty that Fernandes threw for Manchester United and only the second that he failed to convert.

More antics by Martínez in the Copa América

This tactic has already worked for Martinez in a great place in early summer: the Copa América semifinal. The game against Colombia ended on a penalty shoot-out, and Martinez used some old-fashioned verbiage on each shot to help his team advance.

The Argentine starting goalkeeper was speaking with his mouth to each Colombian penalty taker until the moment they made contact with the ball. Most of the umpires probably would have warned the goalkeeper or even given him a card, but Martinez got away with every shot.

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And when the stations weren’t talking about it, we could hear most of it since fans are not allowed in Copa América matches:

  • “You are nervous.”
  • “It seems that the ball is ahead [of the PK spot]. “
  • “I know you. I know where you like it [to shoot the ball]. “
  • “Do not be silly.”
  • “I’m going to stop you.”

Martinez added an explicit celebratory lunge after one of the stops. He made three unthinkable saves on penalties to send his team to the final, where the Argentines beat Brazil to help Lionel Messi win his first title with Argentina.

This is how Martínez celebrated the victory against Manchester United on social networks:

Nothing personal from Martínez, no hard feelings after the final whistle.

This is now his thing. And since Twitter enjoys characters, it celebrated Martinez’s antics against Manchester United, as his legend continues to grow:




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