How did Emi Martinez do on his Argentina debut?

Emi Martinez makes his Argentina debut - Argentina World Cup football qualification, Argentina versus Chile Players of Argentina pose for official team photo ActionPlus Fotobaires
Emi Martinez makes his Argentina debut - Argentina World Cup football qualification, Argentina versus Chile Players of Argentina pose for official team photo ActionPlus Fotobaires

Emi Martinez made his debut for Argentina this week as they drew 1-1 with Alexis Sanchez’s Chile, so how did the former Arsenal man do?

Emi Martinez makes his Argentina debut - Argentina World Cup football qualification, Argentina versus Chile Players of Argentina pose for official team photo ActionPlus Fotobaires
Emi Martinez makes his Argentina debut – Argentina World Cup football qualification, Argentina versus Chile Players of Argentina pose for official team photo ActionPlus Fotobaires

There is no denying that Emi Martinez has done well since leaving Arsenal and playing regularly for Aston Villa saw the keeper finally get a chance to start for his country, in a World Cup qualifier no less.

With an 82% pass success rate, Martinez made just one punch, four throws, six recoveries and no saves in a performance that saw him given a Fotmob rating of just 5.6.

In fact, it was the lowest rating given to any player, from either side, including subs.

His Chilean opposite number, Claudio Bravo, ended the match with a rating of 7.8.

It seems unlikely that any of this will dent Martinez’s confidence, if previous interviews are anything to go by.

Chile’s goal came from Martinez’s former Arsenal teammate, Alexis Sanchez, who cancelled out Lionel Messi’s 23rd minute penalty with an instinctive tap in.

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Argentina’s next game is on Wednesday, 9 June, against Colombia.