In a hot match between Argentina and Netherlandsone of the images that attracted the most attention was the mockery of the trans-Andean center-back Nicolás Otamendi after the trans-Andean victory was completed by penalty kicks.
The center of Benfica he put his hands behind his ears as he ran to celebrate with his companionss, all after tense moments during the definition in the Lusail stadium. In fact, winger Denzel Dumfries was sent off for claims between executions.
Everything was founded by Nicolás Otamendi himself. “I celebrated in the face because there was a player from the Netherlands who, in every penalty we had, would come and say things to one of our players. The photo was taken out of context and we did it in response to that,” said the defender from Argentina.
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Nicolás Otamendi and the compliments to Emiliano Martínez
In the mixed zone, the defender regretted not having solved the key earlier, but he praised his teammate, who saved two penalties in the definition. “We tried to win after extra time, but we couldn’t, fortunately we have Dibu. I told him that he was an animal after a stop, that I loved him. He is a crack, he is prepared for this type of situation. He saved us by covering those penalties, ”he commented.
All in the midst of the enthusiasm that the Albiceleste team faces after settling in the semifinals of Qatar 2022. “People are more excited than ever, we try to give our best in each game and give, each game, one step at a time,” concluded the 34-year-old defender.