The Argentina Selection has a new hero, and his name is Emiliano Martínez: Thanks to the three penalties covered by “Draw” in the shootout, after 1 to 1 in the 90 minutes, the team led by Lionel Scaloni beat Colombia 3-2 on kicks from the penalty spot and got into the great final of the Copa América 2021, where they will face the local and candidate Brazil.
The performance of “Draw” in the definition was consecrating, and it occurred in the following way: first Juan Cuadrado converted him, despite the fact that the goalkeeper was very close to covering it. Lionel Messi, captain and Argentine reference, crossed it barbarously and decreed the partial 1 to 1.
That was when Martínez’s show began: he contained Davinson Sánchez first and, despite the mistake of De Paul, who sent her to the stands, he also had enough personality to cover the shot of Yerry Mina, to whom he constantly spoke. prior to execution as to intimidate him. Mission accomplished.
As if this were not enough, he did the same with Miguel Borja, after Paredes gave peace to Albiceleste with his shot on goal. Martinez had no luck with the admitted forward, who broke his arch and yelled it in his face. Of course, the discharge after so many sayings from the archer to take away his concentration.
But this had not been all. There was one more chapter to becoming a hero. Lautaro Martínez sent it to save and it was Edwin Cardona’s turn, yes, the same one who had failed for Boca against River with his remembered execution by stinging the ball.
There the hero reappeared. He saved the penalty and it was not necessary for him to kick the fifth Argentine, because Argentina was already in the final of America. It was not necessary for Mascherano to shout “Today you become a hero” before the penalties. He did it by himself, without anyone telling him anything.