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‘Dibu’ Martínez has shut mouths again and was a figure in the Premier League with two impressive saves

The Argentine goalkeeper was fundamental in the victory of his team, Aston Villa.


Beyond the criticism that has rained down on him in recent times for his excessive celebrations in what was the World Cup title in Qatar, the Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez, better known as ‘Dibu’, demonstrated again this Friday why he is considered one of the best in the world in his position.

The current world champion was an undisputed figure in the victory of his Aston Villa team against Leeds United, in a duel valid for matchday 20 of the Premier League. The 2-1 victory served for the team led by Emery to climb to the mid-table positions, evading the danger of relegation.

The famous ‘Dibu’ had two vital interventions in the duel. The first came late in the first half, when Leeds were able to put together some very good left-right attacking action that ended with full-back Luke Ayling’s low cross across the box to find Jack Harrison. The Englishman, who attacked from behind everyone without a mark, dotted the ball with his left foot in the six-yard box, but found himself with ‘Dibu’, who had flown to avoid the fall of his goal by growing in adversity.

The other brilliant intervention by the Argentine was 7 minutes into the plugin and a high recovery allowed Leeds to find the Aston Villa defense awkward. The action was defined by Degnand Wilfried Gnonto, who dominated the left sector, settled to his right at the door of the area and looked for the shot to place at the far post. It was the hands of Martínez, once again a savior, who prevented the Italian player’s goal and provoked congratulations from his teammates

The goals of the match

The Jamaican Leon Bailey (minute 3) and the Argentine Emiliano Buendía (64) got the goals for the Birmingham team, while for Leeds a goal from Patrick Bamford (83) gave hope of a comeback in the final stretch.

With this victory, Unai Emery’s Aston Villa regains their smile after failing to draw at home (1-1) against Wolverhampton the previous day and, above all, after the painful elimination in the FA Cup against Stevenage , of the fourth category of English football.

The twentieth day continues on Saturday, with the derby between Manchester United and Manchester City as the highlight. Second-placed City will try not to fail to put pressure on leaders Arsenal, who start the day with a five-point lead.


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