Center-back When Argentina defeated the Netherlands and advanced to the semi-finals of the 2022 World Cup, Argentina’s captain, Lisandro Martinez, was overcome with emotion.
“It was impossible to believe. I couldn’t help but let out a sigh of relief (after Lautaro Martinez successfully scored the decisive penalty). We did not earn a defeat in such a manner from the opponent. It is abundantly clear that Argentina did a better job than the Netherlands. I’d like to give high fives to all of my teammates and the coaching staff “During an interview following the suffocating victory over the Netherlands, the Manchester United midfielder broke down in tears and said.
Martinez was one of the three defenders who started the match against the Netherlands. He was paired with Nicolas Otamendi and Cristian Romero.
Both Marcos Acuna and Nahuel Molina have two sides to their personality.
When both Daley Blind and Denzel Dumfries are playing at a high level for the European representatives, coach Lionel Scaloni intends to use a 5-3-2 formation in order to restrict the number of side attacks that the European representatives have.
The use of five defenders by Argentina was a major factor in the Dutch team’s inability to break the stalemate that prevailed for the majority of the match against the European representative.
During his time on the pitch, Martinez gave it his best effort.
In order to contain the Dutch trio consisting of Cody Gakpo, Steven Bergwijn, and Memphis Depay, he joined forces with Otamendi and Romero.
Angel di Maria came on as a substitute for Martinez when the game was in the 112th minute.
The central defender for Man United made four successful interceptions, bringing his success rate up to 100%. In addition, he made two effective tackles and two timely interventions.
Martinez received 6.7 points out of a possible 10 for Argentina’s three defenders on Sofascore, while Otamendi received 6.5 points, and Romero received 7 points.
Martinez is making his debut at the World Cup with his performance in this tournament.
His first year with the national team (2019) was also the year he played his first of only 14 total matches.
The 24-year-old midfielder wowed coach Scaloni with his impressive play for Man United in the early going of the 2022/23 campaign thanks to his strong showing in those early games.
The team that defeated Brazil on penalties the night of December 9 and will face Argentina in the semi-finals of the 2022 World Cup is Croatia. Argentina’s opponent will be Croatia.
Beautiful moment when son Perisic ‘dry’ Neymar’s tears
The first quarter-final of the 2022 World Cup has ended with sᴜrpгᎥsing results. And accordingly, Croatia “send” Brazil home to become the name to fill its name in the semi-finals.
Of course, the saddest person on the Selecao side is none other than the number 1 expected star of Samba – Neymar.
Immediately after Marquinhos missed the decisive penalty, the PSG striker collapsed on the grass of the Education City Stadium and burst into tears.
The mood of the 30-year-old superstar almost collapsed and made his teammates and the Brazilian national team to comfort Neymar.
Witnessing that scene, the son of striker Ivan Perisic, Leonardo Perisic, defied the prohibition of the big bodyguards to “persist” to go to his father’s opponent.
At that time, Neymar was hugging his “elder” Dani Alves, but immediately signaled the “Man Unitedscular” bodyguard to stop his action. He left the arms of the former Barcelona player and walked towards the “little angel” who was trying to reach him.
Soon after, it was found that Neymar was no longer crying. Instead, the brightest star of Brazilian football at the moment began to smile and hugged Leo. They talked a few things and then the two said their goodbyes in an atmosphere filled with sportsmanship.
With Neymar, although he scored the opening goal for Brazil, but then the resilience and experience of Croatia helped them to concede goalkeeper Alisson Becker’s goal in the final hours of the match. Then on the penalty spot, Vatreni was the better team and won the first ticket to the semi-finals of the World Cup 2022.