The spectacular save by Dibu Martínez
In a difficult second half, Argentina took the title of world champion and took the lead against Brazil at the Maracaná Stadium. It was a flurry in which Emiliano Dibu Martínez once again dressed as a hero to save his fence and one of the historic ones, Nicolás Otamendi, scored a great goal after a spectacular jump.
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At 57 minutes, Brazil made a good play on the left and Gabriel Jesús assisted Gabriel Martinelli, who finished first and Dibu Martínez prevented Verdeamarela from scoring. It was a providential reaction from the 31-year-old goalkeeper who once again, by pure reflex, drowned out a rival’s scream.
That save by Dibu encouraged his teammates who in the following minutes played in the rival field. He tried from below, but the goal came from above. After a corner kick from the left, in the 63rd minute Otamendi made a great jump, since for a few seconds he was suspended in the air. The defender beat his marker and hit a lethal header that made Alisson’s flight fruitless.
Otamendi’s great goal against Brazil
The Argentine national team took a historic victory as a visitor against Brazil. That goal by Nicolás Otamendi at the Maracaná stadium in Rio de Janeiro caused the first defeat for the local team in the history of the South American Qualifiers, after 65 games.
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This victory took on greater magnitude after the scandalous start in which the Albiceleste footballers went to the locker room in protest against the attacks their fans received from the local police. This repression was so savage that the game was on the verge of being suspended and without a doubt this conditioned what happened later on the field when those led by Lionel Messi decided to return to it.
Messi, today recognized as “Great Captain”, as Daniel Passarella once was in the 1978 world champion, took his teammates to the locker room after those incidents and therefore the match began almost half an hour later than scheduled. And in that initial stretch of the game, with emotions and tensions running high, the Argentine team’s performance was very irregular, almost as if it were an extension of last Thursday’s match against Uruguay in La Bombonera with a 2-0 defeat. .
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Defender Otamendi went to the Brazilian area on a pure hunch at 18 minutes and scored just in the game in which he reached fifth place among the Argentines with the most appearances in the South American Qualifiers. Argentina thus closed another year in a big way, because the Scaloneta did it again. And it was another maracanada from this Argentina whose players went to greet the fans in the same place where they had defended them two hours before.