Sunday, January 29, 2023

Martinez Accused Of ‘Making A Fool’ Of Himself In World Cup Final

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Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has hit out at Argentina stopper Emiliano Martinez for his behaviour in the World Cup final between the two sides.

Martinez played a key role in Argentina’s World Cup final shootout win over France. The Aston Villa stopper saved a penalty from Kingsley Coman and psyched out Aurelien Tchouameni as the Real Madrid star pulled his spot-kick wide, but has come in for criticism for his behaviour on and off the pitch in Qatar.

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Indeed France submitted a complaint over his “abnormal” celebrations. Lloris has shared his opinion and insisted he could not act in the same way as the Argentina international.

“There are some things I can’t do. Making a fool of myself in goal, rattling my opponent and crossing the line… I just can’t do that,” the Tottenham keeper has told L’Equippe. “I’m too rational and honest a man to go that way. I don’t know how to win like that, although I didn’t really want to lose like that either.”

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 Lloris also conceded that Martinez was vital to Argentina’s shoot-out win, even if he did believe the stopper resorted to underhand methods, such as throwing the ball away before Tchouameni took his kick.

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