Emiliano Martínez was by far the man of the match in Argentina’s win on penalties against Colombia. In addition to providing security in between the three posts during the 90 minutes, Martínez saved three penalties in the shootout while distracting and putting pressure on the Colombian shooters by talking to them.
Here is the “Dibu” Martínez show in the penalty shootout vs. Colombia:
Emiliano Martínez didn’t say anything to Colombia’s first shooter, Juan Cuadrado, who’s kick went in. The talking from Argentina’s goalkeeper started with Colombia’s second shooter, Davinson Sánchez:
“I’ll eat you, bro. I’m sorry but I’ll eat you, bro. I’m sorry but I’ll eat you, bro!”
Those were Martinez’s words when Sánchez was running towards hitting the ball. Emiliano saved that penalty by jumping to his left.
On Colombia’s third penalty, Martínez would repeat his tactic. This time, it was Yerry Mina who went to grab the ball to place it in the penalty spot when “Dibu” started talking to him.
Martínez: “You are not going to celebrate in my face, are you?”
Mina: “No, no. Don’t worry.”
Martínez: “You look nervous, huh? You’re laughing but you’re nervous.”
Martínez: “You are nervous. You are nervous… Look, the ball is a little ahead (from the penalty spot). The ball is ahead!”
Mina: “No, it is on the white spot.”
Martínez: “Yes, play the fool. I know you. You like to be brag… Look, if you cross it, I’ll save it. I’ll eat you, bro. I’ll eat you, bro!”
Emiliano saved that penalty by throwing himself again to his left and celebrated euphorically. Both, the Argentina goalkeeper and the Colombian defender had previously collided in the World Cup Qualifiers game, which ended with Martínez injured.
“Dibu” repeated the same strategy with Miguel Borja, who’s penalty went in:
“Where is it going? I know you, huh. Look at me! Look at my face!”
With Colombia’s last penalty, Martínez didn’t say a word. He had just received a warning from the referee. Still, we can listen to someone, behind the goal, shouting at Edwin Cardona. Martínez saved it once more, throwing himself to the same post, qualifying Argentina to the Copa America final.