A Emiliano “Dibu” Martinez he lacked very little to have a more than round return to the arc of astonville. Before the duel against wolverhampton he was cheered at Vila Park while displaying his gold medal, the fans dedicated a special flag to him, he made a ‘world’ parade and his team managed to save the 1-1, in the match that closed Wednesday in the Premier League.
The man from Mar del Plata calmly took his first steps on the playing field, crossed himself, struck his chest a couple of times on the heart side and waved with his remaining free hand. since in the other he had the golden glove he won for being the best goalkeeper of the World Cup in Qatar 2022.
“Congratulations Dibu”was the phrase that Aston Villa fans chose to put on the flag they displayed on one of the stands of their stadium.
In the game, things haven’t been so happy, at least from the start. Is that 12 minutes into the first half the Portuguese Daniel Podence put a shot for a corner in which the Argentine goalkeeper could do little.
But ‘Dibu’ was important in backing up the result in a single away goal, even with a superb save on Brazilian Matheus in the first half, very similar to those against Australia and France, in the last moments of the round of 16 and the Qatar Final 2022.
And after his interventions, the team led by the Spanish Unai Emery got the equalizer with a good definition by the English Danny Ings, 12 minutes from the end of the match.
“Dibu” had not played for Aston Villa since 13 November 2022, in a 2-1 win against Brighton And Hove in the Premier League. Is that after playing for the Argentina national team at the World Cup, he was on the bench in the important 2-0 win against Tottenham.
This Wednesday he was in the starting line-up together with the other Argentinian in the squad, the striker Emiliano Buendia.
For its part, Tottenham, with another world champion as a defender Cristian “Cuti” Romerobeat Crystal Palace 4-0, away, with goals from England’s Harry Kane (ST 3 & 8m), Ireland’s Matt Doherty (ST 13m) and Son Heung-Min (ST 27m).
Romero restarted as in the match against Aston Villa.
The day ended with a 1-0 victory for Nottingham Forest over Southampton and a 2-2 draw between Leeds and West Ham.
The last game of date 19 will be this Thursday with Chelsea-Manchester City (17:00, ESPN).
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