Martinez heroically wins the tiebreaker to send Argentina into the semi-finals


Emiliano Martinez is the tiebreaker king. In almost every match, he appears as a messenger in the tiebreaker in front of the opposing footballers. He was also the one for the Ecuadorian players in the first quarter-final of the Copa America. Ecuador scored a goal in the last period, but Argentina won 4-2 in the tiebreaker thanks to Martinez’s heroics.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes of regulation time. Messi returned to Argentina’s eleven despite injury concerns. Despite playing well in the match, he missed the first shot of the tiebreaker. He sent the ball over the post. But Angel Mena and Allan Minda’s shots were returned by Martinez with extraordinary heroism.

Messi misses, but the next shots for Argentina find the net of Ecuador. Julián Alvarez, Alexis McAllister, Gonzalo Montiel and Nicolas Otamendi all found the net for Ecuador. As a result, shots from John Yeboah and Jordi Caicedo found the Argentina net, but it was not enough to avoid defeat.

However, Ecuador could have won. Ecuador got a penalty in the 62nd minute after trailing 1-0. Ener Valencia hit the sidebar while taking the spot kick. As a result, they conceded a goal and could not get back to parity. Ecuador equalized with a great header in 90+1 minutes.

Di Maria lost his place in the team for this match. However, defender Lisandro Martinez, who played for Manchester United, scored the only goal for Argentina in the match. Although Argentina is ahead in possession of the ball, Ecuador creates more chances to score. Had they had a better finisher, Argentina would have been at least two goals down in the first half.

After six minutes of the match, Caicedo got the ball through the mistake of Argentina’s defense. A weak shot from just inside the D-box was easily palmed away by Amy Martinez.

Ecuador got another chance after 15 minutes of the match. This time they made a great attack from the right side. But Paez couldn’t beat the goalkeeper Martinez even after cutting a defender inside with the ball.

In the 17th minute, Preciedo’s weak shot from Ener Valencia’s cross went over the bar. Argentina created the first goal opportunity in the 26th minute of the match. Enzo Fernandez had the chance to head into the empty space from Molina’s great cross.

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In the 33rd minute, Enzo Fernandez pulled the ball into the D-box from Messi’s great defense, but his shot was blocked by Ecuador’s defenders. Argentina gets a corner. Argentina finally got a goal from that corner.

Mac Alistair headed the ball from Messi’s corner to defender Lisandro Martinez. The Albicelesta went ahead 1-0 when Martinez headed the ball into the net from a floating ball.

In the 43rd minute of the match, Enzo Fernandez crossed the ball from the left side, but no one from Argentina could touch it. If there are no more goals in the match, Argentina goes into the break with a lead in the first half.

At the beginning of the second half in the 54th minute, Lautaro got the ball inside the ball de box from the kick of Amy Martinez and took a shot that missed the target. In the 59th minute of the match, the referee decided to give a penalty when Rodrigo de Paul got the ball in the hands of De Bix from the corner.

Although he had a chance to advance the team by scoring from the spot kick, he hit the ball into the goal post from the spot kick. Ecuador failed to return to parity. Lionel Messi took the first shot on goal in the 68th minute of the match. His right-footed shot went straight at the keeper but he saved it well.

When Argentina was smelling the victory in the match, Ecuador’s Kevin Rodríguez scored a goal in the 92nd minute of the match to equalize Ecuador. As there is no overtime rule in the Copa, the match will be played on a tiebreaker.

Argentina won the match again with Emiliano Martinez’s heroics in the tiebreaker. Messi missed the first penalty for Argentina. But Emi Martinez saved two consecutive penalties to bring Argentina back into the match. Nicolas Otamendi scored for Argentina in the last penalty to take the team to the semi-finals.

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