Lionel Messi said that penalty shootouts are luck-based, but he was certain that Martinez will save at least two penalties at the Copa America 2021.
Argentina overcame Colombia on penalties in the Copa America semi-final on Tuesday, and Lionel Messi was full of praise for goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. Despite the fact that penalty shootouts are luck-based, Messi expressed confidence in Martinez, who has had a fantastic campaign, to save at least two penalties. Martinez was also referred to by Messi as a “beast of a goalkeeper.”
“The Penalty Shootout is completely random, but we felt Emiliano would save at least two penalties. He is a beast of a goalkeeper, and he deserves it,” he remarked after the game. Also read – Lionel Messi Scores Winning Goal in Argentina’s Friendly Win Over Brazil, marking his return to international football after a three-month ban.
“It was difficult at times, but we have Emiliano Martinez, who is a legend. We had faith in him. We accomplished our aim of being able to play every game, and now we’re in the final,” he continued.
Meanwhile, Messi continues to lead the Golden Boot race with four goals. He was also important in the victory versus Colombia, as his assist allowed Lautaro Martinez to break the tie in the seventh minute. Blood was discovered in the Argentine captain’s right ankle, but that did not deter him from continuing.
The 34-year-old has had a fantastic run in this event and now has his sights set on the championship match. When they face hosts Brazil, Messi will be expected to deliver once more.
Messi highlighted his ambition to win major tournaments for Argentina before the competition. He also expressed his optimism that Argentina will win Copa America. All that stands between them and the Copa America championship now is Brazil.